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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (177 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Gilchrist Narrator: Mary Peiffer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“This is the story of a group of people who had a bizarre and unexpected thing happen to them. Their psychiatrist went crazy and started injecting himself with drugs. The most useful and dependable man in their lives became a maniac in the true sense of the word.”

So begins the The Cabal, the hilarious novella that forms the centerpiece of Ellen Gilchrist’s sparkling new collection of stories. Dr. Jim Jaspers’s patients include all the most prominent citizens of Jackson, Mississippi, wealthy businessmen, wealthy socialites, even the governor’s daughter. Unfortunately for them, their beloved psychiatrist suddenly goes mad himself, revealing their deepest secrets and embarrassing misdeeds to anyone who will listen. The whole town goes crazy: some want to lock him up or, failing that, arrange a convenient accident. Others try to protect him. The rest are busily revising their personal histories. The result is a hilarious, bitingly ironic tale, revealing that our deepest secrets invariably are those best known by others.

The five stories that follow are classic Gilchrist, including another witty and wise account of Miss Crystal by Traceleen. In one story, a happily married nurse finds herself pursued by an old high-school boyfriend. In another, a grandmother makes a cross-country pilgrimage from Kansas City to Mississippi to see her family. From a literary writer struggling in Hollywood to the mysterious appearance of thirty-six gold coins in a small Southern town, these stories will delight both old and new Gilchrist fans. With all the warmth, wit and humor her readers have come to expect from her, The Cabal and Other Stories.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich with intimate exchanges between finely etched characters…Convincingly chaotic.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wonderful.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “This wry and breezy collection touches on all things Southern…There’s giddy pleasure in her character’s endearing antics.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julia | 1/27/2013

    " After rereading Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle, I decided to see how The Cabal stood up to a reread. It isn't as delicious as Light, but it still reminded me why Ellen Gilchrist is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cynthia | 11/7/2012

    " Ellen's books are always easy, entertaining reads for me. I like how she "plays" with her characters form story to story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by ellen | 5/12/2012

    " I think this is one of Gilchrist's weaker efforts. The short stories are better than the novella. I still gave it four stars, though -- Gilchrist at her weakest is still better than just about everyone else at their strongest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marilyn Vana | 10/2/2011

    " Not one of my favorite books. I'm not a short stories person. Fast read, some of the topics are interesting and funny. Gives food for thought. "

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