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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: Laird Hunt Narrator: Vanessa Johansson, Pyeng Threadgill Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781478940838
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Two women, two directions: one dark, extraordinary day.

Meet Ottie Lee Henshaw, a startling, challenging beauty in small-town Indiana. Quick of mind, she navigates a stifling marriage, a lecherous boss, and on one day in the summer of 1930 an odyssey across the countryside to witness a dark and fearful celebration.

Meet Calla Destry, a determined young woman desperate to escape the violence of her town and to find the lover who has promised her a new life.

On this day, the countryside of Jim Crow-era Indiana is no place for either. It is a world populated by frenzied demagogues and crazed revelers, by marauding vigilantes and grim fish suppers, by possessed blood hounds and, finally, by the Ku Klux Klan itself. Reminiscent of the works of Louise Erdrich, Edward P. Jones, and Marilynne Robinson, The Evening Road is the story of two remarkable women on the move through an America riven by fear and hatred, and eager to flee the secrets they have left behind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Wow! Beautifully crafted, seductive, evocative language and a story that punches you in the gut and lays you low and yet leaves you wanting more. It's rich, deep, dark, harrowing stuff and it does what all great fiction does-it lays ahold of the heart and won't let go. You'll think about this book for weeks, if not years, to come. Daniel James Brown, bestselling author of The Boys in The Boat
  • "The Evening Road is a vivid, disturbing book, able to subvert itself in half a line, constantly challenging the reader's expectations. Its ghost map is quickly established in the reader's head, and as the characters fade into the margin of the final page, it is as if an inner landscape has altered. It is mature, accomplished, impressive.
    Hilary Mantel, bestselling author of Wolf Hall
  • A strange, dazzling novel, as audacious as it is lyrical, The Evening Road hauls up insight, sorrow, and even-somehow-wit from the well of American history. Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room and The Wonder
  • Laird Hunt is one of our great literary stylists. WYSO's Book Nook
  • Not since Miss Jane Pittman have I encountered such strong and admirable characters as Laird Hunt's Ottie Lee Henshaw and Calla Destry. In The Evening Road, Hunt shows us how love and kindness can and ultimately will prevail over misogyny and racial injustice. This dramatic story of one horrific day in Middle America a century ago is as relevant to our own era as the intolerance, latent and otherwise, that still characterizes all levels of our society. The Evening Road is both a major literary achievement and a timely and inspiring story in these troubles, latter days. Howard Frank Mosher, author of A Stranger In The Kingdom
  • The book is at once disturbing, highly imaginative and evocative, a tale that is likely to occupy your thoughts well after you close the cover. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • “Magnificent.”

    Paul Auster, author of the New York Trilogy

  • The three loosely related novels Laird Hunt has published since 2012-Kind One, Neverhome, and The Evening Road-are perhaps my favorite body of work by an American author. The Evening Road is difficult subject matter-its story revolves around a historical lynching in Indiana-but its two women narrators are both intensely memorable characters, and through them Hunt deftly explores both the present evils and the possible grace of humanity.—Matt Bell, New York
  • Hunt's new book raises his own high bar further with an almost fablelike view of prejudice and cruelty some 60 years after emancipation... Hunt finds history or the big events useful framing devices, but he is more interested in how words can do justice to single players and life's fraught moments. Hunt brings to mind Flannery O'Connor's grotesques and Barry Hannah's bracingly inventive prose and cranks. He is strange, challenging, and a joy to read. Kirkus (starred review)
  • [The Evening Road] illuminates its time better than any staid sepia period piece ever could. Vulture
  • [Hunt's] books share a richness of language and a vividness of imagery that can seriously blow the mind. Bookpage
  • The Evening Road is a sad and raucous story, ugly and beautiful at once, evocatively starring two very different women. Shelf Awareness
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2017
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About the Author

Laird Hunt is the award-winning author of a book of short stories, mock parables and histories, The Paris Stories, and several novels including The Impossibly; Indiana, Indiana; The Exquisite; Ray of the Star; and Kind One, which was a finalist for both the 2013 Pen/Faulkner Award and the 2013 Pen USA Literary Award in Fiction, and the winner of a 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction. His writings, reviews, and translations have appeared in the United States and abroad in, among other places, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Bomb, and Bookforum. Currently on faculty in the University of Denver’s Creative Writing Program, where he edits the Denver Quarterly, he and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter, Eva Grace.

About the Narrator

Vanessa Johansson is a film and theater actress and voice-over artist who graduated from Carnegie Mellon and later trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She has narrated many audiobooks and won an AudioFile Earphones Award.