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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rita Mae Brown Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Runnymede Series Release Date:
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It’s August 1952, and seven-year-old Nickel sets off for a day at the seashore with her mother, aunt, and cousin Leroy. Everyone is excited when they reach Chesapeake Bay—everyone except for Leroy, who is recently motherless and frightened of the world around him. Nickel delights in tormenting her cousin, but, as the group lounges on the beach and begins work on a magnificent sand castle, the sisters try to coax him out of his shell by telling stories about their own childhood trips to the shore. However, Nickel’s taunting of Leroy escalates, and the family history between her mother and aunt rises to the surface—and then a crab bites Leroy, and they must all come together. Only years later can Nickel see that day for what it truly was—a life-changing lesson about family and the pleasure and heartbreak that comes with it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] sad, funny, always moving snapshot of a sort of love letter in the sand.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Feisty Southern sisters Juts and Wheezy…are back and irascible as ever…Bittersweet…Heartbreaking.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Megan | 2/5/2011

    " I thought it was an alright read-though not one of my favorite books by Ms. Brown. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jaymie | 3/12/2010

    " This is a nice short story, but again, inconsistent with the story she created for these characters in Six of One and Bingo, so kind of disappointing. Would have been a nice story if it were truly independent of the other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy T | 11/8/2009

    " This was a short about family generations of love an loss.

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan | 10/28/2009

    " Some charm but I still find Brown overrated as a writer and her Southernisms both unconvincing and obnoxious "

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