Split Estate

Author(s): Charlotte Bacon
Original Publish Date: Feb 19, 2008
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Audio (10.77 hours)
Product Number: Z100026764
Released: Feb 19, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415949283
Narrator/s: Kate Reading
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Shortly after his wife, the mother of his two teenage children, ends her life by jumping from the window of their Manhattan apartment, Arthur King decides he must return with his family to his home state of Wyoming. There, his mother welcomes her wounded son and her bereft grandchildren to her much loved, but now quite diminished, ranch. But how long will they stay? In elegantly modulated, brisk, and engaging prose, Charlotte Bacon, a master dramatist of the interwoven crises of modern life, tracks the surviving Kings through the course of a summer as they try to come to terms with the new realities set in motion by Laura's inscrutable act. From the perspective of each protagonist in turn, we watch shy Celia and handsome Cam, distraught Arthur and his brave mother, Lucy, face themselves and their future in a Wyoming that is both beautiful and consoling, and yet beset by new threats of destruction. A split estate is a form of real property in which the mineral rights have been split off from the other land uses to which the owner is entitled. This practice has transformed the landscape the Kings love and, in truth, their very lives have become split estates. A novel very much about America today, both rural and urban, SPLIT ESTATE is a heartrending depiction of an ordinary family trying desperately to reconnect in the midst of loss, and to find solace in the heart of despair.

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Author(s): Charlotte Bacon
Product Number EB00103272
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781466835221

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"When Laura King jumped to her death from a window in her Upper East Side apartment, she threw the lives of her family into emotional turmoil. Her husband, Arthur, along with son Cam and daughter Celia, returns for the summer and fall to his mother's home in Callendar, Wyoming, in hopes of healing what's left of his family. The novel speaks through the points of view of the survivors, including mother/grandmother Lucy. Kate Reading gives each character a unique voice, getting into his or her head to express the struggle to understand and forgive Laura's seemingly inexplicable act. Reading also breathes life into the setting as battles for mineral and drilling rights threaten the region's ranching tradition. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"