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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (947 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaye Gibbons Narrator: Anna Fields, Kate Fleming Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The bestselling author of Charms for the Easy Life reads "her best novel since Ellen Foster."

Kaye Gibbons' award-winning novels of Southern family life have won rave reviews coast to coast. Now, she tells the "story of family dislocation and crisis in restrained prose of unflinching clarity, with a honing eye for the small domestic details that conjure a time, place and emotional atmosphere." (Publishers Weekly)

To the people of Bend of the River Road, Maggie Barnes is "the Barnes woman with all the problems." To her family, she is the unpredictable wife, elusive mother, and adored daughter-in-law, and to her maid, Pearl, she is the mistress who must be cared for like a child.

Between the suicidal lows and delirious highs, young Hattie Barnes struggles to find a place in her mother's heart. She observes her mother's vain attempts at normalcy, and then watches as she is driven off to the hospital psychiatric ward. Only later will Hattie discover the deep-seated hopes and fears of the woman she loves unconditionally, and her inevitable connection to her family's past.

In heartfelt and potent prose, through Hattie's hushed voice, Sights Unseen tells the story of a troubled relationship and the courage it takes to see it through. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Ms. Gibbons has natural gift for telling stories.”

    New York Times

  • “There is something enduring, genuine, and original in Kaye Gibbons’ work.”

    Washington Post

  • “Some people might give up their second born to write as well as Kaye Gibbons.”


  • “Seamless and resonant…the sort of fiction that wins hearts as well as awards…This is a novel that deserves unwavering attention from start to finish, like a symphony or a sunset.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen Lynch | 2/17/2014

    " It was a very good book but it made me sad because the author has bipolar and this book was written about 10 years before her deep troubles. The manic episodes were spot on. Life can be so difficult and people suffer in serious ways. It was nice that there was closure in the novel between the family members. I hope life for Kaye Gibbons is getting better, not for her writing but, just for the pleasure of day to day living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/12/2014

    " Here's one where I really wanted a rating halfway between "really liked it" and "it was amazing." Kaye Gibbons never lets me down. I have a manic depressive niece, single mom of three, and this one really hit close to home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/12/2014

    " Another tough read about mentally ill parents. The relationship to the maid mom surrogate is not as clear as in The Help by Stockett. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie Angel | 2/11/2014

    " Reads like a memoir. Woman remembers her childhood with manic-depressive mother. Fortunately it is short, because it is painful and very real, going by my experience. "

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