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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (804 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Harrison Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie, Lorna Raver, Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Across the odd contours of the American landscape, people are searching for the things that aren’t irretrievably lost, for the incandescent beneath the ordinary. An ex-Bible student with raucously asocial tendencies rescues the preserved body of an Indian chief from the frigid depths of Lake Superior in a caper that nets a wildly unexpected bounty. A band of sixties radicals, now approaching middle age, reunite to free an old comrade from a Mexican jail. A fifty-year-old suburban housewife flees quietly from her abusive businessman husband at a highway rest stop, exploring the bittersweet pageant of the preceding years within the sanctuary of an Iowa cornfield. The Woman Lit by Fireflies is a sweeping tribute to the nation’s heartland and the colorful, courageous people who inhabit it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A talented writer who understands the human heart…exciting and impressive.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A luminous, satisfying collection. Harrison has a powerful imagination…these sharp and surprising stories will outlive most of us.”

    USA Today

  • “A compelling sense of movement and character, prose marked by clarity and beautifully eclectic erudition, ribaldry, and humor…a haunting, gifted writer who can’t be shoved into any category.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Harrison has a narrative voice that fairly defies the reader to ignore it…For Harrison, life is a story, and it’s the one that he can tell with the best of them.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A brilliant tour de force…Jim Harrisonat his peak: comic, erotic, and insightful.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The three novellas in this production depict vastly different landscapes of the human heart…Porter is eminently believable as the tough, hard-drinking B.D., whose strong timbre is filled with intensity [in Brown Dog]…Harrison’s poetic side paints a vivid thriller in Sunset Limited, narrated by Carrington MacDuffie…[who] strikes just the right unaffected yet expressive tones while narrating this compelling tale…Lorna Raver’s delivery resonates with Clare’s gentle strength as she reflects upon her past [in The Woman Lit By Fireflies].”


  • “Much in these tales will satisfy and occasionally surprise Harrison’s fans.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann Baughman | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed these short stories. One of the stories features my neighborhood, Burt Lake and the Indian cemetery across from my house. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine | 2/1/2014

    " Part of a trilogy about modern generations growing up on the parire in Nebraska. Horses and the great outdoors big themese , very beautiful descriptions...see Dalva and Woman lit by Fireflies "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Damon | 1/25/2014

    " Good. Very good. Unfortunately, I'd already read "Legends of the Fall," a collection to which almost nothing can stand up. The novellas in "Legends" made an indellible mark on me. These were interesting, though not as powerful. Still worth the time, obviously. Thanks, Jim, for your excellent work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terry | 1/25/2014

    " Three short stories about misunderstood people. The best of the three was "Brown Dog," the story of an Indian of the Upper Peninsula and a intellectual woman who tries to change his errant ways. Their love for each other is entirely different, maybe they read into each other what they want to see. At the end she gives up on him and he is unchanged. "

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