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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary McGarry Morris Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9781598871760
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Abandoned by his beautiful wife, Irene, Henry and their two young children, Thomas and Margaret, spend that summer in a tent on the edge of Black Pond. Henry, an itinerant butcher, struggles to provide for them, but often must leave them alone as he travels the county in search of work. He has not told the children why their mother left or if she'll return. When Mrs. Phyllis Farley, a prosperous neighbor, begins to woo the children as companions for her strange, housebound son, Henry must weigh an unusual proposition, the consequences of which may cost him everything.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much. It was a tale of hard times amidst hard times. The setting was the Great Depression but the struggles were not only grounded in poverty but in family values. The powerlessness of being a kid was the gripping theme. Terrible injustices and just plain bad luck attempt to defeat two siblings who try to find their way home to ordinary comforts that we take for granted. I wept with joy and ground my teeth in anger. I could not put this quick read down. I just had to know if Thomas( the 12 year old protagonist) would prevail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Reardon | 2/15/2014

    " This book is a tragically sad story of a brother and sister living in VT during the Great Depression. They are passed from house to house, always looking for their mom and when they find her, she doesn't really want them. The end moves the story ahead a number of years and you find out how the siblings turned out as adults, which is probably what saved this book in the end. I read another book by McGarry Morris and it too was a sad story. I don't know if I will pick up another of hers to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacinthe | 2/6/2014

    " Great characters! Good portrayal of the Depression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/26/2014

    " The story takes place during the Great Depression and tells what happens to a brother and sister after their mother leaves. It is a sad story but worth reading. I will look for other books by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Glinsmann | 1/25/2014

    " Excellent book written from the perspective of a twelve year old boy during the depression. He and his father and five year old sister live in a tent in the woods when his mother leaves the family and they loose their home. Very poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/15/2014

    " I can be impulsive in my book choices. Often I am attracted by the cover illustration or its review excerpts, but sometimes it's the title that draws me, as this one did. While such books can be disappointing, I've found more of my personal favorites this way. In this story of tough times and tougher people, I've found characters more real than many people I've met, themes to which I can relate, and a writing style that placed me in the moment from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Halie | 1/14/2014

    " Not one of Morris' best books but a very bitter sweet story about the Depression era as told from the point of view of a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Shields-Szostak | 1/11/2014

    " 1st edition, signed by author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 12/22/2013

    " Any story about the Great Depression is probably going to be, well, depressing. But this book took it to another level for me. I couldn't imagine a mother doing that to her children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 12/19/2013

    " Listened to this book on cd. Two children are yearning for the mother who deserted them. They are left in poverty to fend for themselves while father looks for work and town's people are nasty and manipulative. All the makings of a heartwrenching tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/22/2013

    " This is a great book very sad but well written. Anyone how has had a lost parent it hits very close to home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vintageyvita | 6/5/2012

    " Very sad,and I cant imagine a mother that abandons her. Her detached nature was very strange. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyson | 1/30/2012

    " In my top 3! This book is written from the point of view of a young boy during the depression. It is so touching and honest. I could barely put this book down. Side note: this author is from Connecticut and now lives in Massachusetts. All of her books take place in New England and I love that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyee | 8/30/2011

    " This is a story of two young children and their father struggling to survive homeless during the depression. They meet misfortune after misfortune after their mother abandons them. I found it interesting and an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cusmarg | 5/3/2011

    " A poignant story of poverty, loss, and survival as told from the point of view of a child. And that's the key. the child's perception of events has more to do with emotion and hope than with reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mich | 8/4/2009

    " woman in depression abandons her kids with her husband and its how the family gets along "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Florenceweinberg | 3/24/2009

    " A riveting story that reveals the realities of the Great Depression. (Are we plunging into something similar today?) It is a story of love and desperation, beautifully told, with characters deftly drawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/25/2009

    " A dark tale of poverty and two resiliant kids that keep trying to muddle through with their sense of self in tact.I remember reading nother one of hers long ago that had vividly drawn inriguing characters and I want to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/24/2008

    " An intensely depressing story that was nonetheless engaging. The ending was a bit too abrupt and unbelievable given the character development but at least it was sort of happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petra | 8/28/2008

    " A hard topic, the depression and kids without a mother. Beautifully written. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/7/2008

    " CD book. Really sad story told from children's view. How a mother could leave her children is a mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/10/2008

    " how very sad, but redeeming "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daphne Cargill | 12/24/2006

    " It was kind of dreary and depressing-usually the kind of book I like. At least I wanted to finish it to find out what happened. "

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About the Author

Mary McGarry Morris is the author of several highly acclaimed novels. Entertainment Weekly included Fiona Range on its list of the best books of 2000, Vanished was nominated for both the National Book Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award, A Dangerous Woman was made into a feature film starring Debra Winger in 1993, and Songs in Ordinary Time was a 1997 Oprah’s Book Club Selection.

About the Narrator

Judith Ivey was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. She was not quite yet a Tony Award–winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin’s love interest in Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy. She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s older sister in the southern gothic thriller Sister, Sister. She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B. J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women. Other notable characters she has played in film include Keanu Reeves’ mother in Devil’s Advocate, one of three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King’s three-part miniseries Rose Red, and the recurring role of Debra Messing’s mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace. Her audiobook narrations have won her five AudioFile Earphones Awards.