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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Wright Narrator: Michael Emerson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9781449802868
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In 1844, Liberty Fish is born to fervent New York abolitionists; his grandparents are Carolina slaveholders. Caught between them, he endures epic battles, arguments that echo the approaching flames of the Civil War. He searches for a way to escape the nig Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/7/2014

    " The story of a young man serving in the Civil War and seeing the effect on his country, friends, and family, was quite rambling. It did seem to tell how the war wasn't really present to those outside, and how they did not understanding why it was being fought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saxon Bennett | 12/14/2013

    " it reminded me of tristram shandy only it was the civil war. great use of language and way odd ball characters--laugh out loud funny and crazy in some parts. i had to take breaks sometimes though because my brain had language overload. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PR | 12/11/2013

    " I got the feeling the author wanted the book to be weirder than it is. It's well done, historically accurate feeling, and provides a couple of unique takes on Civil War-era America, but wasn't narratively compelling, particularly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tristy | 5/13/2012

    " I loved this book. Stephen Wright's writing style is delightful. He totally immerses you into a witty, strange, Southern world of violence, politics and beauty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/1/2011

    " The story of a young man serving in the Civil War and seeing the effect on his country, friends, and family, was quite rambling. It did seem to tell how the war wasn't really present to those outside, and how they did not understanding why it was being fought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 9/16/2010

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tristy | 7/4/2010

    " I loved this book. Stephen Wright's writing style is delightful. He totally immerses you into a witty, strange, Southern world of violence, politics and beauty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PR | 7/6/2009

    " I got the feeling the author wanted the book to be weirder than it is. It's well done, historically accurate feeling, and provides a couple of unique takes on Civil War-era America, but wasn't narratively compelling, particularly. "

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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. He has taught writing courses at various universities, including Princeton, Brown, and the New School.

About the Narrator

Michael Emerson is an American actor who has starred in some of television’s most popular shows, including Lost, Person of Interest, and The Practice. He is known for his distinctive voice. A graduate of the prestigious Professional Actor Training MFA program run by both the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the University of Alabama Department of Theater and Dance, his passion is acting on stage.