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by | Read by Allyson Ryan

Fiction • 8.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2022

Allyson Ryan gives a wry, intelligent narration of Beattie's latest collection. The setting of the six linked stories is Charlottesville, Virginia, as the city wrestles with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the aftermath of the 2017 Unite the Right rally. These stories are clear and accessible, but listeners may benefit from a second listen to appreciate their complexity and interconnections. The characters include an actor's girlfriend who is sheltering in place with her boyfriend's father while the actor remains in Japan and a substitute professor at the University of Virginia, where there are campus protests over Confederate monuments. Ryan creates varied and distinct portrayals of the large cast and impressively depicts the ambiance of each setting. Insightful writing and skilled narration create a satisfying listen. M.J. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2023]

Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2023

DD ISBN 9781797155579 $19.99

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