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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Chute Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The School on Heart's Content Road spirals out from the story of Mickey Gammon, a disaffected 15-year-old dropout who has been evicted from his home by his overwrought half-brother. With the help of his new friend, Rex York, the captain of the local militia, Mickey is introduced to the secretive world of the Settlement.

Run by a man known to many as The Prophet, the Settlement is a rural cooperative in alternative energy, farm produce, and locally made goods. Falsely demonized by the media as a compound of sin, the Settlement's true nature remains foreign to outsiders.

It is at the Settlement where Mickey's life collides with that of another deserted child, six-year-old Jane - a cunning, beautiful girl of mixed race, whose mother is in jail on trumped-up drug charges. Secret Agent Jane prowls the Settlement in her heart-shaped sunglasses, imagining that her childish plans to bring down the community will reunite her with her mother.

As they struggle to adjust to their new, complex surrogate family, Mickey and Jane witness the mounting unrest within the Settlement's ranks, which soon builds to a shocking and devastating crescendo.

Vehement and poetic, The School on Heart's Content Road questions the nature of family, struggle, and authority in an intensely diverse nation. It is an urgent plea for the disenfranchised who, though disregarded and shoved to the fringes of society, refuse to be silenced. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jayne | 2/9/2014

    " Not sure about this one - she is preaching for sure - especially given the autobio info I know about her. I do not object to her position - just that it is too overt and too much! She is clever in pointing out that the very situation we may- in our self righteous indignant mind sets- be trying to end - in our response to militias and fundamentalist religious communes - we are practicing the same narrow tolerance that these groups are. This is not put very well. The bottom line is that I really did not enjoy reading the book but I see her point that when you are sure you are right about something - there - you are probably only partly right. And I still am intolerant of the sects and their practices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 1/20/2014

    " The School on Heart's Content Road can be read as an intimate view into the lives of those considered on the "fringe" of mainstream America and how those "outsiders" can come together to be a positive (or not) influence on their communities. As the saying goes, "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Josie Lathrop | 1/17/2014

    " Recommended. Chute captures life in poor, rural America beautifully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carrie | 1/16/2014

    " I've always loved Carolyn Chute's books, despite the fact that they are often panned by Mainers like myself, especially those with Bean's in their family tree. This book was no exception. It felt like going home. I know these people, every one of them. The super conservative militant types, the way-out-there liberal peace lovers, and everyone in between. I love the way it was written, the many points of view, and overall picture it gave you. And I love the ending, no spoilers though. Only reason it didn't get five stars is that I don't think I'd read it again. The story gets played out, and maybe I concentrated hard on every detail (it took me much longer to read than a usual book its size) so I don't feel like I missed anything. Great book, recommended read for sure. "

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