A Novel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (20.30 hours)
Product Number: Z100097858
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483074955
Narrator/s: Lorna Raver
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This sweeping, richly imagined novel charts the rapid transformation of Southern California from frontier to suburb during the first half of the twentieth century. At the story's center is Linda Stamp, a fisher girl born in 1903 on a coastal farm in San Diego's North County, and the three men who upend her life and vie for her affection: her pragmatic farming brother, Edmund; Captain Willis Poore, a Pasadena rancher with a heroic military past; and Bruder, the mysterious young man Linda's father brings home from World War I. Through the darkly handsome Bruder, Linda glimpses love and a world beyond her own. She follows him to the seemingly greener pastures of Pasadena, where he is the foreman of a flourishing orange ranch, the homestead and inheritance of the charming bachelor Willis Poore.

Author(s): David Ebershoff
Original Publish Date: Jun 24, 2005

All formats/editions

Author(s): David Ebershoff
Narrator(s): Lorna Raver
Product Number DD6296
Released: Aug 01, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470891022
Author(s): David Ebershoff
Product Number EB00165524
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780307434531

Professional reviews

"Lorna Raver performs with great intelligence and enthusiasm. Her flexible voice reaches from sultry to shrill to raspy effortlessly. She makes listening to this sprawling melodrama a treat. In his Southern California Gothic romance, David Ebershoff traces the development of Pasadena after WWI. Land developer Andrew Blackwood envisions the economic possibilities that will come with peace. Linda Stamp finds herself passionately drawn to the darkly handsome (and aptly named) Bruder. Willis Poore, whose secret ties him to Bruder, struggles to save his doomed orange plantation. While the period prose descriptions may seem florid and there may be too many coincidences for believability, Ebershoff tells some fascinating stories, and Raver's narrative talents keep things from going too far south. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"

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