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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Wright Narrator: Michael Emerso Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born in 1844 in bucolic upstate New York, Liberty Fish is the son of fervent abolitionists as well as the grandson of Carolina slaveholders even more dedicated to their cause. Thus follows a childhood limned with fugitive slaves moving through hidden passageways in the house, and the inevitable distress that befalls his mother whenever letters arrive from her parents. In hopes of reconciling the familial disunion, Liberty escapes—first into the cauldron of war and then into a bedlam more disturbing still. In a vibrant display of literary achievement, Stephen Wright brings us a Civil War novel unlike any other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Endlessly beguiling [by] an extravagantly talented novelist…It offers something rare in historical novels…the vertiginous sensation of a tilt forward into the unknown. This, after all, is what history feels like to the people who live through it, the ones with no idea what will happen next and an uncertain grasp on who the good guys will turn out to be. It feels like the world as you know it, dissolving and re-forming into an unimaginable and un-navigable new configuration. It feels like now…For Wright, America, past and present, is Wonderland, a place of marvels and horrors from which not even the fortunate escape with their heads.”

    New York times Book Review

  • “The grotesque piles on top of the macabre in depicting slavery; highly humorous banter flows throughout. This book, rich in an appropriately fatuous, overblown period style, is the morbidly comic counterpoint to Doctorow’s The March.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 2/16/2014

    " a major change of tactics from wright, without the post-everything despondency that floated among major characters in his first three novels. i think probably i would have enjoyed this more without connections to the earlier books, but overall i found it difficult to connect to his vision of a civil-war era youth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth Northcutt | 2/14/2014

    " Listened to audio edition but would like to spend more time reading it. The author is a genius at lyrical conversations and I would like to spend more time savoring the written words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron | 1/16/2014

    " 3.5. The first 50 pages has some of the best writing I've read in years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Timmy_the_rube | 1/12/2014

    " I picked this up because Wright was being compared to Pynchon. The book had some of Pynchon's madcap anachronisms, but was nowhere nearly as expansive as TP's best work. It was alright, but I didn't have anywhere nearly as much fun as I did with Against The Day. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright is a New York–based novelist known for his use of surrealistic imagery and dark comedy. His work has varied from hallucinatory accounts of war, a family drama among UFO cultists, a carnivalesque novel on a serial killer, to a Civil War picaresque. He has taught writing courses at various universities, including Princeton University, Brown University, and the New School.