From the Pulitzer and Story Prize winner: sixteen new stories--provocative, funny, disturbing, magical--that delve into the secret lives and desires of ordinary people, alongside retellings of myths and legends that highlight the aspirations of the human spirit. Beloved for the lens of the strange he places on small-town life, Steven Millhauser further reveals inVoices in the Night the darkest parts of our inner selves to brilliant and dazzling effect. Here are stories of wondrously imaginative hyperrealism, stories that pose unsettling what-ifs or that find barely perceivable evils within the safe boundaries of our towns, homes, and even our bodies. Here, too, are stories culled from religion and fables: from Samuel, who in the masterly "A Voice in the Night" hears the voice of God calling him in the night; to a young, pre-enlightenment Buddha; to Rapunzel and her Prince awakened only to everyday disappointment. Heightened by magic, the divine, and the uncanny, shot through with sly humor,Voices in the Night seamlessly combines the whimsy and surprise of the familiar with intoxicating fantasies that take us beyond our daily lives, all done with the hallmark sleight of hand and astonishing virtuosity of one of our greatest modern storytellers.
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by Steven Millhauser
by Jim Gavin
by Susan Buckley, Elspeth Leacock
by Gary Shteyngart
by Caroline B. Cooney
by Demetria Martinez
by Lois Duncan
by Tracie Peterson
by Katherine Paterson
"Millhauser is a master of examining the idyllic facade of small-town life and giving it a suspenseful edge in this collection of 16 short stories. Narrator Adam Grupper's deep voice and drawn-out cadence successfully magnify the sense of middle-aged tedium, particularly in the story in which a man discovers he must now become the parent to his mother. Alyssa Bresnahan's crisp diction and edgy tone bring out the appropriate level of paranoia woven into "The Wife and the Thief," and Jonathan Davis strikes the right notes of professionalism to make the fantastic sound credible when a mermaid washes up on the shores of New Haven, Connecticut. In this macabre smorgasbord of great writing, each story is equally compelling as a straight-through listen or taken in hours at a time. E.E. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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