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Author: Hannah Tinti Narrator: Elizabeth Wiley Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781423385400
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Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo’s a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife’s hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school.

Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parents’ lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body. Each scar is from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career. Each is a memory: of another place on the map, another thrilling close call, another moment of love lost and found. As Loo uncovers a history that’s darker than she could have known, the demons of her father’s past spill over into the present—and together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Elizabeth Wiley’s nuanced narration perfectly suits the complicated, suspenseful story.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • “Narrator Elizabeth Wiley demonstrates her dynamic range in her performance…Wiley portrays con man Hawley and his partner as convincingly as she does a mob of teenage bullies and a young outcast who’s coming of age without her mother. Wiley’s pacing is a perfect match for the plot’s suspense, pulling listeners closer and closer to the edge of their seats so they don’t miss a single one of Samuel Hawley’s lives.”


  • “Hannah Tinti proves herself to be an old-fashioned storyteller of the highest order.”

    Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “[Tinti] lays bare her characters’ hearts with a precision and a fearlessness that will leave you shaken.”

    Junot Dias, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A shoot-em-up, a love story, and a mystery, this is one heartwarming feast of a book.”


  • “The key to Tinti’s success…is the constant tension between tenderness and peril.”

    Washington Post

  • “An adventure epic with the deeper resonance of myth.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Tinti has fused a cowboy-noir action adventure and a coming-of-age tale into a father-daughter love story.”

    Boston Globe

  • A March 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for April 2017
  • Washington Post Top 10 Book of Books We Loved
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2017
  • An NPR Best Book of the Year
  • A Paste Magazine Pick for Best Books of 2017
  • Finalist for the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel

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About the Author

Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. Her short story collection Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her novel The Good Thief won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and an American Library Association Alex Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary magazine One Story.

About the Narrator

Elizabeth Wiley, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a seasoned actor, dialect coach, and theater professor. In addition to her growing portfolio of audiobooks, her voice can be heard in The Idea of America, Colonial Williamsburg’s virtual learning curriculum; in Paul Meier’s e-textbook Speaking Shakespeare; and modeling US-English on one of the world’s top language-learning products.