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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Edwards Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781429586849
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Young, fiery and bright, Eshlaini has her whole future ahead of her - until her father condemns her to a life of spinsterhood. Joyce has settled into Malaysian life after thirty years as an ex-pat wife - or so she thinks, until a newcomer arrives and reveals just how little of her home she knows. Jade Moon wants the best for her family - but, surrounded by Americans who reject her Korean traditions, she must first work out what 'the best' means. Though cultures and distances separate them, their experiences reflect our universal fears and desires. From a breathtaking island off Singapore to upstate New York and France, Kim Edwards takes in the world, compassionately and gracefully exploring the obstacles of time, place and circumstance in all of our quests for love, happiness and acceptance.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/9/2014

    " I usully don't like reading short stories, but so far I am enjoying these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/29/2014

    " Excellent collection of stories with wide ranging settings, themes, and characters: from Indonesia to middle America; varying passions-for gold, for love, for magic; prostitutes to religious fanatics; Marie Curie to deluded expatriates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/19/2014

    " I liked the changing short stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/17/2014

    " This was a compilation of short stories. Some of them were very gripping, others were hard to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Ouellette | 1/9/2014

    " I usually don't like short stories, but this book is absolutely amazing. Every single story holds your attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawral | 12/31/2013

    " I wasn't a huge fan of The Memory Keepers Daughter, so it was with hesitation that I picked up The Secrets of a Fire King. I was pleasantly surprised. These short stories are engaging and varied. They are set in lots of different places and about very different people. This is important in a book of short stories, in my opinion, especially a slim one such as this. Even though the stories and the book itself is short, I finished it feeling that it was a book of well-rounded and very interesting writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bhargavi Balachandran | 12/30/2013

    " A beautifully written book! Kim is a master at weaving strange ,unsettling tales alive with emotions.Most of the protagonists are women. The first few stories seemed similar, with common themes of death, redemption and loneliness. But as I read on , I felt that that stories kept getting better and better. A thin chord of melancholy runs through the stories ,but Kim's prowess with words helps one brush away the sadness in the stories and plough right on. I haven't read a better collection of stories in a while now. Kim's stories are like a slow, serenading bitter-sweet dance- definitely not something to be read in a hurry. My favourite stories were the one on Marie Curie and"Balance". Truly poignant and highly recommended for all lovers of short stories.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/28/2013

    " I read this book because I had also read The Memory Keeper's daughter and loved the writing. Although I did not think the short stories were written as well I was intrigued by the topics of the short stories. IT makes you wonder where she came up with the ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/18/2013

    " This was an absolutely fantastic collection, more of a 4.5 than a 5, and maybe just a 5. It baffles me how an author can write so well about so many disparate people and places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Williams | 12/7/2013

    " These are short stories similiar to the style of those found in Glimmer Train if you are familiar with that publication. Aristotle's Lantern is by far the best story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 12/6/2013

    " A very good compilation of short stories, quite inventive some of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Cataldo | 11/29/2013

    " Interesting collection of short stories. These are stories of families in interesting situations, the characters are unique but still recognizable and could be your neighbour or yourself. A great dip into read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope Leeper | 10/31/2013

    " Some of the stories were more appealing than others. As I read I realized I had read it before, but it wasn't memorable enough to remember that until I was actually reading it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/25/2013

    " I'm not normally a short story reader, but enjoyed this collection. Especially liked the two relating to Marie Curie and radium; also several with Asian story lines. Each story is thoughtful and beautifully written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 9/13/2013

    " I was not overwhelmed by this book, although I did find it entertaining. Liked some of the short stories more than others, but I have to admit I did not finish it. Maybe on a rainy day in the future.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 6/11/2013

    " I read the first 4 stories and descided to not waste any more of my time. They were very well written but I simply didn't like the content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/15/2013

    " These are the kind of stories that don't particularly rip your heart out, but leave you wondering where to go, what to do, how to deal with what you've just read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reagan | 9/24/2012

    " So good. Great collection of shorts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 3/25/2012

    " I enjoyed the vast majority of these stories, they all varied in content though not so much in style. Not as attention grabbing as The Memory Keeper's Daughter but a good collection in itself "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nakieta | 12/12/2011

    " Starting reading didn't keep my attention... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/10/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book, felt it went on forever. Stories were completely captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mari | 8/10/2011

    " Interesting, this wasn't what I expected. It was a whole bunch of short stories without any clear endings. I thought they would all tie back together, but they didn't. It was ok. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/16/2011

    " I was very disappointed by this book, especially since I really enjoyed "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by the same author. I thought the stories didn't flow well and it was difficult with some to determine what point the author was trying to make. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/11/2011

    " Really enjoyed reading these stories during a camping trip at the beach. These stories take place in different cultures and different periods of time, which was interesting to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mira | 5/8/2011

    " Kim Edwards writes gorgeous, vivid prose but her short stories depressed the bejeezus out of me!

    Was relieved when I got to the end of this..on to happier reading I hope! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 4/12/2011

    " Each short story has its own different uniqueness. Two of my favourites are Spring, Mountain, Sea and A Gleaming in the Darkness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 4/7/2011

    " I liked how each story was connected in some way to the one before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 4/3/2011

    " I just dont love short stories. I dont know why I try. I guess it was because I wanted to try another book by this author, but Im over it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 3/23/2011

    " These short stories were the kind you cannot just continue onto the next. You must give credit to the beautiful prose by stopping to think about what you have just read. Kim Edwards has a very special style that I can really appreciate!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatiana | 3/10/2011

    " Its was another sad book. I liked it though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anothertag | 2/20/2011

    " I was disappointed when this turned out to be a collection of short stories. I did not finish the book. Most of the stories in my opinion did not have a conclusion.


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/15/2011

    " This described situations in a variety of relationships. I did not always get the point. I enjoyed some of the stories like the cleaning woman in Madame Curie's workplace & several others were very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 1/10/2011

    " Not quite up to the expectations one has following The Memory Keeper's Daughter, plus it is short stories rather than a novel which makes a difference to some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/16/2010

    " Very good, particularly the first six and the last one. The downside was that there were some stories in the middle that were well written, but didn't seem to go anywhere.
    Lovely, even when parts of them were bitter. I'll look up more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reagan | 11/14/2010

    " So good. Great collection of shorts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stan | 10/28/2010

    " I am not a fan of short stories and after reading this it convinced me more so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jade | 9/23/2010

    " Quite good as long as short stories go. I didn't know this was a book of them and probably wouldn't have bothered otherwise, just because I'm not generally a fan. Quite in-depth though with well written characters throughout and deep and meaningful endings to ponder over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyria | 9/17/2010

    " Short stories, so as I would have expected, I enjoyed some of them more than others. Most of them had interesting characters, and overall was a great collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 9/16/2010

    " This is awesome so far and I am on the last story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 8/23/2010

    " Amazing! This book is a collection of short stories, none of which are at all alike but somehow just blend together so well. One of those books that you find yourself truly lost it! The stories stirred up so many emotions about life and of the joy and sadness of love. "

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About the Author
Author Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards has won numerous awards for her writing, including a Whiting Award, the Nelson Algren Award, and most recently the Kentucky Literary Award for fiction. She is the author of a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and Paris Review and have received a National Magazine Award for Excellence in Fiction and a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, she currently teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and daughters.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.