Fragile Beasts by Tawni O’Dell audiobook

Fragile Beasts: A Novel

By Tawni O’Dell
Read by Paul Boehmer and Laural Merlington

Tantor Audio 9780307351692

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200108671

  • ISBN: 9798200108664

  • ISBN: 9798200108688

Runtime: 15.35 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

When their hard-drinking but loving father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, their town's matriarch, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boys' story. Candace Jack doesn't have an ounce of maternal instinct, yet for reasons she does not even understand herself, she is compelled to offer them a home. Suddenly, the two boys go from living in a small, run-down house on a gravel road to a stately mansion filled with sumptuous furnishings and beautiful artwork—artwork that's predominantly centered, oddly, on bullfighting. And then there's Miss Jack's real-life bull: Ventisco—a regal, hulking, jet-black beast who roams the land she owns with fiery impudence. Kyle adjusts more easily to the transition. A budding artist, he finds a kindred spirit in Miss Jack. But local baseball hero Klint refuses to warm up to his new benefactress and instead throws himself into his game with a fierceness that troubles his little brother. Klint is not just grieving his father's death; he's carrying a terrible secret that he has never revealed to anyone. Unbeknownst to the world, Candace Jack has a secret too—a tragic, passionate past in Spain that the boys' presence threatens to reveal as she finds herself caring more for them than she ever believed possible. From the muted, bruised hills of Pennsylvania coal country to the colorful, flamboyant bull rings of southern Spain, Tawni O'Dell takes us on a riveting journey not only between two completely different lands, but also between seemingly incompatible souls, casting us under her narrative spell in which characters and places are rendered with fragile tenderness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[O'Dell is] a pro at capturing dialogue, and some characters' wisecracks are laugh-out-loud funny. Publishers Weekly
“O’Dell’s love for the fallen-on-hard-times coal country shines through in her fourth novel. A unique blend of such disparate elements as baseball, bullfighting, and fine art along with O’Dell’s multifaceted major and minor characters combine for intriguing vision. Her hard-hitting, well-crafted story packs a wallop.” Library Journal
“In this tough and tender tale, O’Dell’s triumphant portrait of loss and rejection, sanctuary and redemption, shines with poignancy, dignity, and transcendent joy.” Booklist
“O’Dell’s eye for class conflict remains as sharp as ever, but she’s broadened the reach of her sympathies…[and has] found new depths in her subject matter and her human understanding.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Tawni O’Dell

Author Bio: Tawni O’Dell

Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of Fragile Beasts, Sister Mine, Coal Run, and Back Roads, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. O’Dell’s work has been translated into fifteen languages and published in over forty countries. She was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before moving back to Pennsylvania, where she now lives with her two children.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 15.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English