Award-winning author Fred Chappell has so enraptured us with his rich storytelling, he deserves to be counted among our national treasures. Steeped in Appalachian culture and tradition, this saga of a North Carolina family is a bewitching combination of wit, humor and pathos. Jess Kirkman's mother is dying of congestive heart failure, and he has come home to be at her bedside. Charged with getting family affairs in order, he faces the daunting task of sorting out the secret workshop that his father left behind when he died 10 years ago. As he investigates his findings-a map littered with the names of strange women and a strange invention of stovepipe and ceramic-Jess discovers an intriguing side of his father. A journey through space and time and the story of a quest for perfect revenge, this shining novel in turn reads like Mark Twain, Dante, and Buck Rogers. Tom Stechschulte's matchless narration wonderfully captures the magic, depth, and humor, translating it into an unforgettable listening experience.
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by Fred Chappell
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by Kent Haruf
"When author and put Jess Kirkman returns home to North Carolina to visit his ailing mother, he investigates his family's past and comes to understand more about himself and his relations then he ever imagined possible. Tom Stechschulte affably narrates the wanderings of Jess as he meanders from past to present along the countryside, meeting neighbors with intriguing stories. Voicing humor and humility, each enchanting character fills a void in Jess's life that he did not know existed. B.J.L. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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