The Talk-Funny Girl: A Novel Audiobook, by Roland Merullo Play Audiobook Sample

The Talk-Funny Girl: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Em Eldridge Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781541486621

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Longest Chapter Length:

49:26 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:59 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

16:56 minutes

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In one of the poorest parts of rural New Hampshire, teenage girls have been disappearing, snatched from back country roads, never to be seen alive again. For seventeen-year-old Marjorie Richards, the fear raised by these abductions is the backdrop to what she lives with in her own home every day. Marjorie has been raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal society that they have developed their own dialect, a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world.

Marjorie is tormented by her classmates, who call her “The Talk-Funny Girl,” but as the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin and as her parents fall more completely under the influence of a sadistic cult leader, her options for escape dwindle. But then, thanks to a loving aunt, Marjorie is hired by a man, himself a victim of abuse, who is building what he calls “a cathedral,” right in the center of town. Day by day, Marjorie’s skills as a stoneworker increase, and so too does her intolerance for the bitter rules of her family life.

Gradually, through exposure to the world beyond her parents’ wood cabin thanks to the kindness of her aunt and her boss, and an almost superhuman determination, she discovers what is loveable within herself.

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About Roland Merullo

Roland Merullo is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Talk-Funny Girl, winner of an Alex Award; Vatican Waltz, a Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2013 pick; Lunch with Buddha, selected as one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013; Revere Beach Boulevard, named one of the “Top 100 Essential Books of New England” by the Boston Globe; and Revere Beach Elegy, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction. Born in Boston and raised in Revere, Massachusetts, he attended Brown University, where he obtained a bachelor of arts in Russian studies and a master of arts in Russian language and literature. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer and has also made his living as a carpenter, college professor, and cabdriver. For more information, visit

About Em Eldridge

Em Eldridge is a professional narrator and an ACX Audible Approved producer who has narrated over twenty-five books, earning an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine and a Voice Arts Award. She is also an award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter and accomplished classical singer and violinist.