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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: Donald Ray Pollock Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9780735208223
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From Donald Ray Pollock, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, comes a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors.

It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane (the eldest; handsome; intelligent); Cob (short; heavy set; a bit slow); and Chimney (the youngest; thin; ill-tempered). Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family’s entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it?

In the gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy with a healthy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, the Jewetts and the Fiddlers will find their lives colliding in increasingly dark and horrific ways, placing Donald Ray Pollock firmly in the company of the genre’s literary masters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wild, rollicking, and wonderfully vulgar…An old-fashioned yarn…[and] also a riotous satire that takes on our hopeless faith in modernity, along with our endless capacity for cruelty and absurd pretension.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is one of those gritty audiobooks…vividly brought to life by narrator Kirby Heyborne…The prose is beautifully constructed, often hilarious, and digressive without being showy, and Heyborne’s low-key narration keeps the storytelling grounded throughout the scenes of cruelty and chaos. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “With furious prose and a Faulknerian eye for character, Pollock populates his second novel with dozens of memorable people who embody America’s headlong leap toward the future in the early twentieth century.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Standard rural gothic, full of bright-hued mayhem and scatological wit, but Pollock brings way more flair and invention to the enterprise than most writers could. A darkly comic gorefest by a gifted writer.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick for Best Summer Reads of 2016
  • An Indie Next List Pick for July 2016
  • New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Donald Ray PollockDonald Ray Pollock, recipient of the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship, made his literary debut in 2008 with the critically acclaimed short story collection Knockemstiff. He worked as a laborer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, from 1973 to 2005.
About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is an American musician, actor, and multiple award–winning audiobook narrator. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in economics, he received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has starred in many feature films and national commercials and has appeared on Everwood and Free Ride. In addition, he can frequently be found touring the country with his singing and songwriting act.