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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (81 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allan Gurganus Narrator: Dan Cashman Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Plays Well with Others returns with a collection of four insightful, loving novellas. The works trace how far people will go, through social pretense, sexual and racial secrets, to preserve their own dignity, a necessary mythology.

In The Practical Heart, the narrator's great-aunt, deprived of the family fortune, becomes the young boy's guide to life outside provincial North Carolina. In Preservation News, a well-born matron eulogizes a gay preservationist who saved everything but his own life. He's One, Too chronicles an admired local businessman accused of child molestation. Saint Monster reveals a son's memories of a man truly Christ-like and therefore utterly endangered.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 6/4/2011

    " What a delight. I couldn't get into the final novella, but the first three were impeccable. I loved the spinster aunt and her unique quest, and the home-restoration expert was beautifully sketched. Really worthwhile. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Frederick Bingham | 4/3/2011

    " A book of short stories by a well-known author. I tried to read, but could not work up much interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joann | 10/24/2010

    " Liked the Oldest Living Confederate Widow much more. This is a book of not too interesting short stories that are not connected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joann | 5/14/2010

    " Liked the Oldest Living Confederate Widow much more. This is a book of not too interesting short stories that are not connected. "

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