Tiny Americans by Devin Murphy audiobook

Tiny Americans: A Novel

By Devin Murphy
Read by Ann Marie Lee , Kirby Heyborne , Andrew Eiden , and Christian Baskous

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062886248

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982610210

  • ISBN: 9781982610203

  • ISBN: 9781982610227

Runtime: 7.07 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

From the National Bestselling author of The Boat Runner comes a poignant, luminous novel that follows one family over decades and across the world—perfect for fans of the film Boyhood.

Western New York, 1978: Jamie, Lewis, and Connor Thurber watch their parents’ destructive dance of loving, hating, and drinking. Terrance Thurber spends this year teaching his children about the natural world: they listen to the heartbeat of trees, track animal footprints, sleep under the star-filled sky. Despite these lessons, he doesn’t show them how to survive without him. And when these seasons of trying and failing to quit booze and be a better man are over, Terrance is gone.

Alone with their artist mother, Catrin, the Thurber children are left to grapple with the anger they feel for the one parent who deserted them and a growing resentment for the one who didn’t. As Catrin withdraws into her own world, Jamie throws herself into painting while her brothers smash out their rage in brutal, no-holds-barred football games with neighborhood kids. Once they can leave—Jamie for college, Lewis for the navy, and Connor for work—they don’t look back.

But Terrance does. Crossing the country, sobering up, and starting over has left him with razor-sharp regret. Terrance doesn’t know that Jamie, now an academic, inhabits an ever-shrinking circle of loneliness; that Lewis, a merchant marine, fears life on dry land; that Connor struggles to connect with the son he sees teetering on an all-too-familiar edge. He only knows that he has one last try to build a bridge, through the years, to his family.

Composed of a series of touchstone moments, Tiny Americans is a thrilling and bittersweet rendering of a family that, much like the tides, continues to come together and drift apart.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mesmerizing…[with] an emotional and beautifully rendered denouement that readers will long remember.” Booklist
“Epic in scope, Tiny Americans is a poignant examination of the ties that bind a family, and how enduring those ties may be.” Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping

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Author

Author Bio: Devin Murphy

Author Bio: Devin Murphy

Devin Murphy grew up near Buffalo in a family with Dutch roots. He holds an MFA from Colorado State University, a PhD from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Bradley University. He has worked various jobs in national parks around the country and once had a three-year stint at sea that led him to over fifty countries on all seven continents. His fiction has appeared in over sixty literary journals and anthologies, including the Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives with his wife and children in Chicago.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English