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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (162 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne George Narrator: Linda Stephens Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the Deep South, where love and hatred run deep and close, dissension often simmers just beneath the surface. When a family gathers for a funeral at its old homestead above the waters of Mobile Bay, it must carry out the last wish of the aunt and sister whom it has come to mourn. It is a wish that will unearth a terrible secret, one that will either tear her siblings and their offspring apart or allow them to accept buried memories, wounds, and love.

In This One and Magic Life, Anne Carroll George has created a brilliant portrait of a Southern family in all its glory, captured in a moment of searing intensity and lyric truth. Rich with wisdom and deep understanding this is a compelling saga of the twentieth century—and tells a story that is truly timeless.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evocative, often lyrical, and some of the shorter chapters read almost like prose poems.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A novel about a dysfunctional Southern family [in the tradition of] such Southern opuses as The Prince of Tides and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Drawing on her poetic roots, George’s assured, soft Southern prose is full of symbolism and lyrical phrases, with much stargazing, Greek mythology, and rising and setting suns to infuse the homey story with a mystical aura.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This poignant and bittersweet novel is a pleasure to read and shows great promise from an already proven writer.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carrie | 1/8/2014

    " I love Anne George. Great voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Betty | 12/31/2013

    " I read this to mother and even though it was not easy to follow we enjoyed parts of the book. She laughed at the right places but I could tell it wasn't a favorite. I enjoyed it, but it does deal with a family when someone dies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie Howard | 12/31/2013

    " I loved every character in this story. The writing was stellar; I envisioned every scene and felt like I was living next door to the family right on the Bay. Definitely will check out what else this writer has written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barb | 12/1/2013

    " A wonderful story, the last book written during this author's terminal illness. This book moved me. "

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About the Author

Anne George (1927–2001) was the Agatha Award–winning author of the Southern Sisters mystery series which culminate in Murder Boogies with Elvis, publishing in August 2001. Like Patricia Anne, she was a happily married former school teacher living in Birmingham, Alabama. She was also a former Alabama State Poet and a regular contributor to literary publications. During her lifetime she was nominated for several awards, including the Pulitzer.