Delicious Foods

A Novel
CD - unabridged
Audio (10 discs)
Product Number: DD14912
Released: Feb 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781478900535
Narrator/s: James Hannaham
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Description

Held captive by her employers-and by her own demons-on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival. Darlene, once an exemplary wife and a loving mother to her young son, Eddie, finds herself devastated by the unforeseen death of her husband. Unable to cope with her grief, she turns to drugs, and quickly forms an addiction. One day she disappears without a trace. Unbeknownst to eleven-year-old Eddie, now left behind in a panic-stricken search for her, Darlene has been lured away with false promises of a good job and a rosy life. A shady company named Delicious Foods shuttles her to a remote farm, where she is held captive, performing hard labor in the fields to pay off the supposed debt for her food, lodging, and the constant stream of drugs the farm provides to her and the other unfortunates imprisoned there. In Delicious Foods, James Hannaham tells the gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them. Through Darlene's haunted struggle to reunite with Eddie, through the efforts of both to triumph over those who would enslave them, and through the irreverent and mischievous voice of the drug that narrates Darlene's travails, Hannaham's daring and shape-shifting prose infuses this harrowing experience with grace and humor. The desperate circumstances that test the unshakeable bond between this mother and son unfold into myth, and Hannaham's treatment of their ordeal spills over with compassion. Along the way we experience a tale at once contemporary and historical that wrestles with timeless questions of love and freedom, forgiveness and redemption, tenacity and the will to survive.

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Author(s): James Hannaham
Awards:2016-Fiction-Winner-Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction,
2016-Fiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal

All formats/editions

eAudio
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Author(s): James Hannaham
Narrator(s): James Hannaham
Product Number Z100091280
Released: Mar 20, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hachette Audio
ISBN: #9781478905622
eBook
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Author(s): James Hannaham
Product Number EB00401801
Released: Mar 17, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780316294768

Professional reviews

"Author James HannahamNwho is clearly comfortable behind the micNskillfully narrates a story of human exploitation, addiction, and grief. ItOs all told with dark humor and lightened by a unique point of view: that of OScotty,O the crack cocaine that slyly takes over the mind of Darlene, who has fallen from respectability after her husband's murder. Hannaham creates distinct moods and voices for his characters, the best of which is the jaunty, smart-talking Scotty, who allows Darlene to be lured to a labor camp, where she's effectively enslaved and isolated from her son. The rhythms of Hannaham's performance reflect the changes in the emotional atmosphere of her sonOs journey to find his mother and free her from her bonds. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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