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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alix Ohlin Narrator: Tandy Cronyn, Graham Rowat, Morgan Hallett Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this brilliant collection, one of Canada’s brightest young talents skillfully displays the full range of human emotions through the subtly powerful dramas of everyday life.  In “You Are What You Like” a young couple finds their life derailed by the arrival of a hard-partying old friend. In “Robbing the Cradle” Lisette does everything she can to give her husband a baby, committing an act of desperation. In “The Idea Man” Beth, a divorcee, falls in love with a man who lies for fun. And in the incredible title story, Kathleen finds herself sitting at the hospital bedside of a man she had planned to divorce, comforted by the woman she went out of her way to hurt. These characters are divorced and beginning to date again, childless and longing for children, married and aching for more. Often unexpected and unsettling, always fascinating, Signs and Wonders showcases a young writer of remarkable range and emotional depth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wise and whimsical…There’s plenty of playfulness and warmth throughout these stories, but there’s plenty of insight, too. Nobody pulls it together, and nobody falls apart. They simply go on, doing the unexpected, the admirable, and, often, the regrettable, for one of the oldest reasons in the word—love.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Wondrously engrossing…Signs and Wonders display[s] her characteristic strengths—dynamic plots, keenly observed settings, and characters so idiosyncratic, ambivalent, and contradictory they could be your family, your neighbors, people you work with.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The literary equivalent of a Paul Simon album: crisp, focused, lovely, and lasting…Ohlin’s characters are so genuine you’ll be reminded of people you know, love, and hate.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Ohlin’s second winning short story collection grapples with the trappings of love and loss…These snippets of life’s upheavals highlight Ohlin’s keen eye for observation.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Ohlin’s] characters, male and female, may not always be sympathetic, but they are always believable. They are as diverse as the stories’ settings: colleges and cities, both coasts of the US, and beyond borders. The skillful use of surprise will induce laughter and shock, often in the same story and at the same moment.” 


  • “Presented from unusual perspectives in a distinctive, sometimes enchanting voice, each story is filled with paragraphs that are often whimsical short tales in themselves. Readers who enjoy a youthful, fresh approach will find each story a satisfactory adventure.”

    Library Journal

  • An Oprah’s Summer Reading List Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jo | 2/19/2014

    " Slice of life short stories. Not an anthology, all stories are by the same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 2/18/2014

    " Somewhat frustrating. Ohlin masterfully sets up three-dimensional characters with a sense of action and motivation, but too often the story ends without arriving at a satisfying conclusion. A few stories, including the title story, "Forks", and "You Are What You Like", are quite impressive, however. "

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

    " Such a wonderful book. It deals with different aspects of love in a very realistic way. And, I liked the short stories. They really kept my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alison | 2/3/2014

    " Really liked it. The only thing that got a little old for me was that divorce is a part of just about every one of the short stories. But there is something fresh in each story as well. "

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