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Author: Jean Stafford Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2019 ISBN: 9781094100449
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Eight-year-old Molly and her ten-year-old brother Ralph are inseparable, in league with each other against the stodgy and stupid routines of school and daily life; against their prim mother and prissy older sisters; against the world of authority and perhaps the world itself.

One summer they are sent from the genteel Los Angeles suburb that is their home to back-country Colorado, where their uncle Claude has a ranch. There the children encounter an enchanting new world—savage, direct, beautiful, untamed—to which, over the next few years, they will return regularly, enjoying a delicious double life. And yet at the same time this other sphere, about which they are both so passionate, threatens to come between their passionate attachment to each other. Molly dreams of growing up to be a writer, yet clings ever more fiercely to the special world of childhood. Ralph for his part feels the growing challenge, and appeal, of impending manhood. Youth and innocence are hurtling toward a devastating end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best novels about adolescence in American literature.”

    New York Times

  • “A terrific book, witty and smart as Stafford always was, and kind in its treatment of these two strangely irresistible children.”

    Washington Post

  • “Stafford’s masterpiece…A subtly and brilliantly realized tragedy of adolescence.”

    New York Times Book Review

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About the Author

Jean Stafford (1915–1979) was the author of three novels and the acclaimed short fiction collection, The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford, which won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She grew up in California and Colorado. After earning both a BA and an MA degree in four years from the University of Colorado, she studied philology in Heidelberg for a year, then moved to New England and began to write. In 1944 she published her first book, Boston Adventure, a bestselling novel of manners, and her second and most highly acclaimed novel, The Mountain Lion, followed in 1947. By 1948, the year in which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, her work regularly appeared in the New Yorker.

About the Narrator

Elisabeth Rodgers is an actress and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. After graduating from Princeton University, she completed a two-year program at William Esper Studio, where she studied with Maggie Flanigan. Her audiobook narration training came from Robin Miles, who has also directed her in several productions. She has recorded dozens of books for a multitude of publishers.