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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Korkeakivi Narrator: David Pittu, Khristine Hvam Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781478935155
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Spanning several generations, Shining Sea draws us into the complicated world of a family in California after the sudden death of the father.

Beginning with forty-three-year-old Michael Gannon’s fatal heart attack, we are drawn into the turbulent lives of his widow and offspring. In the wake of their loss, the Gannon clan find themselves charting paths they never anticipated, for decades to come.

Korkeakivi transports the listener through the years: from WWII to the present, from California to Woodstock’s heyday, and from London’s gritty nightlife in the eighties to the rough seas of the Inner Hebrides. Epic, tender, and beautifully rendered, Shining Sea is an American family story about the ripple effects of war, the passing down of memory, and the ways our heroes can both lead us astray—and keep us afloat.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrators Khristine Hvam and David Pittu provide stunning dual performances, covering a large cast of detailed characters…Given the intricacies of this story, it’s easy to forget that only two performers are at work here.”

    AudioFile

  • I could tell you how in Shining Sea Anne Korkeakivi masterfully explores the impact grief, and war, have on a family. But I will just say this: I loved this book. Ann Hood, author of Comfort: A Journey Through Grief and The Italian Wife
  • "[An] impressive story about how a family will band together and perhaps drift apart to live on.”

    Harper’s Bazaar

  • Memorable, lovely, and highly recommended. Historical Novel Society
  • A meditation on family, the long shadow of war over generations, and myth-making. The Millions
  • A gut-wrenching story about war, family, and the persistence of memory, Shining Sea will take you all over the globe without so much as leaving your reading chair. Sadie L. Trombetta, Bustle
  • [Told] with both epic scope and beautiful minimalism. Josh Potter, Shelf Awareness
  • A panoramic novel tracing generations of the Gannon family illuminates the aftershocks of war in the 20th century.... The effortless prose and vining plot make for a winsome tale of kinship and growth. Endearing characters carry a sinuous story of family bonds. Kirkus Reviews
  • This absorbing generational story...explores complex dynamics and captures the mood of different decades in America. Korkeakivi's cogent insight into family relationships and the impact of personal loss, as well as how the times we live in effect who we are, shines through.... Each character's story is rich and excellently crafted.... In the end, Korkeakivi seamlessly brings her themes full circle-heroism, the importance of family, and giving back to the world. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • With a far-reaching plot...and storytelling that couples pointed restraint with sweeping vision, Korkeakivi covers the not-so-shining moments of the late twentieth century. The result is a family saga that explores the lingering effects of war and the elusive emotions of peace. Carol Haggas, Booklist
  • An epic tale of resilience.... Korkeakivi's prose is clear, honest, and unadorned throughout. Excellent at crowd control, she deftly handles the curves and swirls of many characters over a long period of time. The big arcs of a life seem to fascinate Korkeakivi particularly, and she is at her most remarkable when flying high for the bird's eye view, then swooping straight down into her characters' hearts. Lisa Alexander, The Common
  • This elegantly crafted, brilliantly structured novel is an intimate epic that speaks volumes about the complexities of shared history, and the way we are all overshadowed by the ever-present past. Possessing immense intelligence and a deeply felt understanding of family as the ongoing struggle with which we all must engage, Shining Sea is a quiet, resonant wonder. Douglas Kennedy, author of The Blue Hour and The Pursuit of Happiness
  • If you haven't yet found your perfect beach and/or Labor Day read, fret not: Shining Sea is the family saga you want to read-with a message about war that won't leave you queasy from sweetness. Korkeakivi writes beautifully; gobble this one up and keep an eye out for her next. Bethanne Patrick, Lit Hub
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About the Author
Author Anne Korkeakivi

Anne Korkeakivi is a writer whose short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications in the United States and Britain, and she is a Hawthornden Fellow.

About the Narrators

David Pittu, a two-time Tony Award nominee, has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which earned two prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. He has also won three Earphones Awards. Well-known for his work in theater, he has appeared off-Broadway in LoveMusik and Is He Dead, for which he received his Tony nominations, as well as Parade, for which he earned a National Broadway Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He is also a writer, member, and director of the Atlantic Theater company.

Khristine Hvam has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie for best narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.