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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Spencer Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Since 1944, when she published her first story, Elizabeth Spencer has been acclaimed as a writer of short fiction in the great tradition of Welty, Chopin, and Mansfield. The Southern Woman: New and Selected Fiction, her first collection in almost fifteen years, restores to print the author’s most masterful stories and novellas including The Light in the Piazza—and publishes more than ten new stories for the first time. This collection celebrates a six-decade career devoted to the art of the story and the novella—a literary event for the lover of short fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spencer’s world-view even in the shorter vignettes is broad, and her keen eye and ear for domestic detail will interest those with a penchant for John Cheever or Alice Munro. This career-spanning collection should firmly secure her place in the canon of American short story masters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] Southern writer whose best fiction merits comparison with the work of Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Hillary Huber adeptly crafts new voices for each story, offering an aristocratic drawl one moment and a folksy twang the next. Characters burst to life in her evenly paced performance…Graceful prose and a velvet-voiced narrator make this collection noteworthy.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 7/16/2013

    " Easy to read. Looking for short stories told very differently? This might be your book...When done I'll update... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paddy | 5/19/2013

    " Although I'm not a fan of the short story, I'd read Elizabeth Spencer's grocery list. Lovely, graceful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 10/17/2012

    " Ship Island - great story. "

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About the Author

Elizabeth Spencer was born in Mississippi in 1921. Her first book, Fire in the Morning, was published in 1948, but it was the publication of The Light in the Piazza in 1960 that brought her widespread acclaim, becoming a New York Times bestseller and the basis of a major motion picture. Her writing is distinguished by fine craftsmanship and intense plotting that reveals the essential nature of the characters. She is a five-time recipient of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.