Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. Dispatches from Pluto is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place.
On a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, Richard and his girlfriend, Mariah, embark on a new life. They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters-blues legend T-Model Ford, cookbook maven Martha Foose, catfish farmers, eccentric millionaires, and the actor Morgan Freeman. Grant brings an adept, empathetic eye to the fascinating people he meets, capturing the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta while tracking its utterly bizarre and criminal extremes.
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"Englishman Richard Grant and his Arizona-born girlfriend make a decision that surprises even them: to move from their liberal circles in New York City to an old plantation house in a town called Pluto in the conservative Mississippi Delta. Shaun Grindell's British-accented narration is appropriate for this fish-out-of-water author, who gradually integrates himself into the community and ponders the complex race relations, history, and social norms of the economically depressed region. Grindell's voicing reflects the author's wonder as well as his almost anthropological approach to social interactions with his new neighbors. In stark contrast to his British accent, Grindell supplies a Southern accent for some of the locals Grant meets, which helps provide a feel for the sound of the region. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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