Guests on Earth by Lee Smith audiobook

Guests on Earth

By Lee Smith
Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665158145

  • ISBN: 9781665158121

  • ISBN: 9781665158138

Runtime: 11.17 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Selected for the October 2013 Indie Next List

When she is thirteen years old, Evalina Toussaint, the orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans, is admitted as a mental patient to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936, and the hospital, under the direction of celebrity psychiatrist Robert S. Carroll, is famous for its up-to-the-minute shock therapies and for Dr. Carroll’s revolutionary theory of the benefits of nonintrospection.

Evalina finds herself in the midst of a kaleidoscope of characters, including the estranged wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her role as accompanist for all theatricals and programs at the hospital gives her privileged insight into the events that transpire over the twelve years leading up to a tragic 1948 fire—its mystery unsolved to this day—that killed nine women in a locked ward on the top floor, including Zelda.

In Evalina Toussaint, Lee Smith has a created a narrator whose story is one of unstoppable and defiant introspection. At the risk of Dr. Carroll’s ire and at all costs, Evalina listens, observes, delves, pursues, accompanies, remembers—and tells us everything. This is her wildly prescient story about a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, fact and fiction are luminously intertwined.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is Lee Smith at her powerful best.” Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Daughter
“Engaging…touching.” Publishers Weekly
“Perennially bestselling Smith presents an impeccably researched historical novel that reveals the early twentieth century’s antediluvian attitudes toward mental health and women’s independence.” Booklist
“In Guests on Earth Lee Smith gives evidence again of the grace and insight that distinguish her work. Her characters are realized with singular intensity, the most vivid interior life, and flawless dialogue. Reading Lee Smith ranks among the great pleasures of American fiction.”  Robert Stone, author of Death of the Black-Haired Girl

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Author

Author Bio: Lee Smith

Author Bio: Lee Smith

Lee Smith is a New York Times bestselling novelist. She has written numerous novels and short story collections, including Saving Grace, Fair and Tender Ladies, and a novella, The Christmas Letters. Her novel The Last Girls won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the North Carolina Award for Literature; two of her short story collections also won the O. Henry Award. Smith currently lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English