Still Life With Elephant

Author(s): Judy Reene Singer
Original Publish Date: Jul 10, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.15 hours)
Product Number: Z100024525
Released: Jul 10, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415941454
Narrator/s: Karen White
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Can a badly abused elephant halfway across the world help a woman win back her cheating husband? In this funny, heartwarming story, the author of the beloved novel Horseplay presents another smart, memorable heroine and the animals-and men-she loves. Neelie Sterling never did listen well to the conversation around her. Always preoccupied with an inner monologue, she sometimes missed things. She was happy when Matt, her veterinarian husband, told her he was getting a collie; she liked dogs. But he had said colleague, to help with his busy practice. The problems start when the pretty blond "collie" calls Neelie to say that she is pregnant with Matt's child. Sent into a tailspin, Neelie throws herself into her horse training business until she discovers that Matt is part of a group planning to leave for Zimbabwe to rescue a badly injured elephant. Thinking she can win Matt's heart again, Neelie manages to get included. The trip is dangerous, exhilarating, and revealing. Neelie learns about herself as a wife and a woman. Back at home, she discovers secrets everywhere-with her parents, with Matt, even in training an elephant. Fighting to keep her life from unraveling as she struggles to gain the elephant's trust, she ultimately learns that healing can be mutual.

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Author(s): Judy Reene Singer
Product Number EB00239369
Released: Mar 20, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780061893667

Professional reviews

"This quirky contemporary novel has nothing to do with art but does indeed have elephants. It's a breezy, offbeat story about a woman whose life is turned upside down by a philandering husband and a unique occupational opportunity, namely the chance to train elephants. Narrator Karen White truly becomes Neelie, the irreverent, funny, and generally flummoxed heroine of this story. The plot will keep listeners wondering which man Neelie will choose and which animals she can salvage. The dialogue is brittle and witty though the tone is too self-pitying at times. White's narration is totally true to life in this clever first-person novel. D.L.G. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"