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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: Bryn Chancellor Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Steven Jay Cohen, Sara Morsey, Xe Sands, Teri Schnaubelt, various narrators Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9780062674036
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Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamore’s longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess’ troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward in their lives.

Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn Chancellor maps the bloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heart—most notably Jess Winters, a thoughtful, promising adolescent poised on the threshold of adulthood. Evocative and atmospheric, Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature—desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope—as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Explores the loss around which an entire community has calcified…unearthing broken hearts, secrets, betrayals, passion, and—most impressively—grace.”

    Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Chancellor…drops readers into an absorbing eighteen-year-old mystery filled with thought-provoking what-ifs and heartrending OMGs in her emotional and addicting debut.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “A movingly written, multivoiced novel examining how one tragic circumstance can sow doubt about fundamental things.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Chancellor writes gorgeously, and her story is riveting and real.”

    Joy Castro, author of Hell or High Water

  • “Explores the complexities of a small-town girlhood with insight and compassion. A page-turner and a heart-breaker.”

    Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

  • “With astute emotional and psychological observations, Chancellor successfully shows the power of the unknown as various individuals explore the many what ifs and imaginings of what really happened.”

    Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life

  • Sycamore is an amazing showcase for Bryn Chancellor’s great talent, the way she allows each of the various characters to shine on their own but connects them with such subtlety that their light forms a constellation that maps out the grief, the regrets, and the strength of an entire community. This is a powerful debut novel, one without flaw, and it will slay you.”

    Kevin Wilson, author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth

  • A May 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for May 2017
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About the Author

Bryn Chancellor has an MFA in fiction from Vanderbilt University and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her story collection When Are You Coming Home? won the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and her short fiction has appeared in a range of publications, including Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, and Phoebe. She was also awarded the 2014 Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in fiction, and literary fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

About the Narrators

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a coveted Audie Award, and was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.

Teri Schnaubelt is a Chicago-based stage, on-camera, and voice actor as well as oil painter and photographer. She has voiced over a hundred books for New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, in addition to helping independent authors get their stories heard.