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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Diamant Narrator: Kate Nelligan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A magnificent storyteller with vast imaginative range, Anita Diamant gave voice to the silent women of the Old Testament in The Red Tent. Now, in her third novel, she brings to vivid life an early New England world that history has forgotten.

Set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s, The Last Days of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and "witches." Among the inhabitants of Dogtown is Black Ruth, an African woman who dresses as a man and works as a stone mason; Mrs. Stanley, an imperious madam whose grandson, Sammy, comes of age in her rural brothel; Oliver Younger, who survives a miserable childhood at the hands of a very strange aunt; and Cornelius Finson, a freed slave whose race denies him everything. At the center of it all is Judy Rhines, a fiercely independent soul, deeply lonely, who nonetheless builds a life for herself and inspires those around her to become more generous and tolerant themselves.

This is a story of hardship and resilience -- and an extraordinary re-creation of an untold chapter of early American life. With a keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters, Diamant has created her most moving and powerful story.

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  • The Last Days of Dogtown transports the reader to a fascinating time and place where even the dogs are compelling characters.”

    Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits

  • “What [Diamant] has created is the overlay of a modern sensibility on an imagined past. Diamant's descriptive passages are as eloquent as a Congregationalist and her theme—that life teems even as it dwindles—has all the more power for its subtle, unsentimental articulation.”

    Washington Post

  • “Anita Diamant brings an obscure piece of American history to life with great clarity in The Last Days of Dogtown. The story is one of delicate hope and turns out to be a quiet tribute to love's power. Diamant captures with imagination and credibility the people of a unique place and time. In casting her own spell over the Dogtowners, Diamant offers her readers the opportunity to appreciate the humanity that transcends both.”

    Miami Herald

  • “[A] superb historical novel. With its cast of thoroughly engaging characters, Diamant's gripping tale is so bittersweet and haunting as to make one weep.”

    Baltimore Sun

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeanne | 2/3/2014

    " This book was as good as her best seller, The Red Tent. I recommend it - "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gay | 1/25/2014

    " I'm not sure I really can categorize this book. I like it but I don't know what it is...exactly. Interesting, yes. Well-written, yes. Emotionally engaging, yes. So definitely worth the time. But at the end? I'm left a little dissatisfied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Phyllis Bash | 1/23/2014

    " Good book, although it took a while to connect with the characters. I liked The Red Tent better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rachel | 1/23/2014

    " I read it because I really like The Red Tent, but I was kind dissapointed. It moved slow. "

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