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Author: James Han Mattson Narrator: Sandra Burr, Luke Daniels, Jesse Lee, others Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2017 ISBN: 9781536628722
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In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory: despair and regret, humor and wonder, courage and connection.

A heartbroken and humiliated Ricky Graves took the life of a classmate and himself. Five months later, the sleepy community is still in shock and mourning. Ricky’s sister, Alyssa, returns to confront her shattered, withdrawn mother and her guilt over the brother she left adrift. Mark McVitry, the lone survivor of the deadly outburst sparked by his own cruelty, is tormented by visions of Ricky’s vengeful spirit. Ricky’s surrogate older brother, Corky Meeks, grapples with doubts about the fragile boy he tried to protect but may have doomed instead. And Jeremy Little, who inadvertently became Ricky’s long-distance Internet crush despite never having met, seeks to atone for failing to hear his friend’s cries for help.

For those closest to the tormented killer, shock and grief have given way to soul searching, as they’re forced to confront their broken dreams, buried desires, and missed opportunities. And in their shared search for meaning and redemption, Ricky’s loved ones find a common purpose: learning to trust their feelings, fighting for real intimacy in a world grown selfish and insincere, and fearlessly embracing all that matters most—before it’s gone from their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Multiple narrators reveal the lives of ordinary people who are caught up in the aftermath of tragic circumstances. The story is told through alternating first-person accounts, email exchanges, and chat room transcripts…The narrators provide candid performances of key characters…[and] they’re especially skilled at drawing out the nuances of social media and ‘real-life’ communication…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “An excellent, character-driven work of literary fiction that will continue to resonate with the reader long after the final page.”


  • “A moving debut about the intersections of rural queerness, the internet, and forgiveness.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month

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About the Author

James Han Mattson is a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Maryland, the University of Cape Town, George Washington University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in North Dakota.

About the Narrators

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.

Jesse Lee is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Nicholas Guy Smith, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a highly rated and diverse voice-over actor who has been heard in feature films, television commercials, and video games. He has voiced characters for Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, and the Cartoon Network.