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 [Published: AUGUST 2015]
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2015
CD ISBN 978-1-4906-7604-3 $102.75 Ten CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4906-7979-2 $49.75 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4906-7605-0 $92.00
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