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Fragile Beasts - A Novel

Tawni O'Dell

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

When their hard-drinking but loving father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, their town's matriarch, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boys' story. Candace Jack doesn't have an ounce of maternal instinct, yet for reasons she does not even understand herself, she is compelled to offer them a home. Suddenly, the two boys go from living in a small, run-down house on a gravel road to a stately mansion filled with sumptuous furnishings and beautiful artwork-artwork that's predominantly centered, oddly, on bullfighting. And then there's Miss Jack's real-life bull: Ventisco-a regal, hulking, jet-black beast who roams the land she owns with fiery impudence. Kyle adjusts more easily to the transition. A budding artist, he finds a kindred spirit in Miss Jack. But local baseball hero Klint refuses to warm up to his new benefactress and instead throws himself into his game with a fierceness that troubles his little brother. Klint is not just grieving his father's death; he's carrying a terrible secret that he has never revealed to anyone. Unbeknownst to the world, Candace Jack has a secret too-a tragic, passionate past in Spain that the boys' presence threatens to reveal as she finds herself caring more for them than she ever believed possible. From the muted, bruised hills of Pennsylvania coal country to the colorful, flamboyant bull rings of southern Spain, Tawni O'Dell takes us on a riveting journey not only between two completely different lands, but also between seemingly incompatible souls, casting us under her narrative spell in which characters and places are rendered with fragile tenderness.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Boehmer, Laural Merlington

Length:

15h 22m


Chapters

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05:00

Introduction
Introduction

22:49


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

32:50


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

32:17


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

25:32


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

18:53


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

49:12


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

26:22


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

23:25


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

16:44


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

41:31


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

54:28


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

42:18


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

01:04:13


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

21:49


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

26:07


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

28:08


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

22:39


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

32:54


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

25:28


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

30:46


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

23:01


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

35:52


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

18:10


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

24:52


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

25:33


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

17:29


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

04:18


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

16:17


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

26:14


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

26:09


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

14:46


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

16:17


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

28:25


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

06:24


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

00:28