October Light by John Gardner audiobook

October Light

By John Gardner
Read by Steve Coulter

By John Gardner
Read by Steve Coulter

Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio 9780394499123

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Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781721344284

  • ISBN: 9781721344284

Runtime: 16.78 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. New Directions is excited to reissue the Gardner classics, beginning with October Light, a complex relationship rendered in a down-to-earth narrative.

October Light is one of John Gardner’s masterworks. The penniless widow of a once-wealthy dentist, Sally Abbot now lives in the Vermont farmhouse of her older brother, seventy-two-year-old James Page. Polar opposites in nearly every way, their clash of values turns a bitter corner when the exacting and resolute James takes a shotgun to his sister’s color television set. After he locks Sally up in her room with the trashy “blockbuster” novel that has consumed her (and only apples to eat), the novel-within-the-novel becomes an echo chamber providing glimpses into the history of the family that spawned these bizarre, sad, and stubborn people. Gardner uses the turbulent siblings as a stepping-off point from which he expands upon the lives of their extended families, and the rural community that surrounds them. He also engages larger issues of how liberals and conservatives define themselves, and considers those moments when life transcends all their arguments.

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Author Bio: John Gardner

Author Bio: John Gardner

John Gardner (1925–2007) was one of the world’s premier thriller writers, and published more than forty novels, many of which have been bestsellers. Among Gardner’s works are sixteen books in the legendary James Bond series, including Win, Lose, or Die and Never Send Flowers; he also wrote six books featuring Big Herbie Kruger, including Confessor and Maestro, which was a New York Times Book of the Year. A graduate of Cambridge University who did his postgraduate work at Oxford, he lived in Hampshire. Gardner had variously been a stage magician, an officer in the Royal Marines, a theatrical journalist, a lecturer in Shakespearean production, and a priest in the Church of England.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 16.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English