Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry audiobook

Black Dog Summer: A Novel

By Miranda Sherry
Read by Jilly Bond

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9781476779027

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665155359

  • ISBN: 9781665155335

  • ISBN: 9781665155342

Runtime: 9.60 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

In this extraordinary debut novel reminiscent of The Lovely Bonesand Little Bee, a mother watches from the afterlife as her teenage daughter recovers amidst the startling dysfunction of her extended family.

Compulsively readable and stylistically stunning, Black Dog Summerbegins with a murder, a farmstead massacre, in the South African bush. Thirty-eight-year-old Sally is but one of the victims. Her life brutally cut short, she narrates from her vantage point in the afterlife and watches as her sister, Adele, her brother-in-law and unrequited love Liam, her niece Bryony, and her teenage daughter, Gigi, begin to make sense of the tragedy.

A suspenseful drama focusing on marriage and fidelity, sisterhood, and the fractious bond between mothers and daughters, Black Dog Summerasks: In the wake of tragedy, where does all that dark energy linger? The youngest characters, Bryony and Gigi, cousins who are now brought together after Sally's murder, are forced into sharing a bedroom. Bryony becomes confused and frightened by the violent energy stirred up and awakened by the massacre, while Gigi is unable to see beyond her deep grief and guilt. But they are not the only ones aware of the lurking darkness. Next door lives Lesedi, a reluctant witchdoctor who hides her mystical connection with the dead behind the façade of their affluent Johannesburg suburb.

As Gigi finally begins to emerge from her grief, the fragile healing process is derailed when she receives some shattering news, and in a mistaken effort to protect her cousin, puts Bryony's life in imminent danger. Now Sally must find a way to prevent her daughter from making a mistake that could destroy the lives of all who are left behind.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Black Dog Summer is tightly woven and richly rewarding.” Cape Times (South Africa)
“Evocative….Sherry’s sense of pacing and her keen ear for dialogue make for a good read.” Publishers Weekly
“The story succeeds as a dysfunctional family drama.” Library Journal
“Sherry builds suspense as she explores the bonds between siblings, spouses, and parents and children. A beautifully written literary debut centering on the power of love and memory.” Booklist
“A successful combination of murder mystery, ghost story, and marital drama.” BookPage
“Vibrates with tension…A hauntingly beautiful tale from a writer to watch.” Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Jilly Bond immediately draws the listener into this story, which is told by the ghost of a woman named Sally. Her tone is conversational, warm, and rambling as she attempts to make sense of her death—and why she’s trapped on earth, not heading towards the white light. Bond’s narration is breathy and intriguing. Sally says she has no choice but to pursue the story of why she remains among the living. Neither does the listener, under the spell of Jilly Bond’s expert style. Bond juggles cadence, pitch, and pace to build the suspense at the heart of this story. She’s an excellent choice to voice the questions that drive the plot forward: Who killed Sally? And is her daughter safe? This is an excellent example of how audio can make for riveting fiction. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Miranda Sherry

Author Bio: Miranda Sherry

Miranda Sherry grew up in Johannesburg in a house filled with books, and was seven when she began writing stories. Her first novel, Days Like Glass, was shortlisted for the EU Literary Award in South Africa in 2005. Miranda currently lives in Johannesburg with her sort-of-husband and two weird cats.

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Author Bio: Jilly Bond

Author Bio: Jilly Bond

Jilly Bond has worked extensively in theater and radio for many years. Her stage credits include Miranda in The Tempest, Fiona in When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout, and Anita in A Small Family Business. She is regularly heard in dramas for Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. She has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narration.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English