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E.L. Doctorow

One of America's premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World's Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live. Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these superb short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. L. Doctorow is famous. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois ("A House on the Plains"), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California ("Baby Wilson"), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas ("Walter John Harmon"), and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence ("Jolene: A Life"). And in the stunning "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden," you will witness a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security. Two of these stories have won awards as the best fiction of the year published in American periodicals, and two have been chosen for annual best-story anthologies. Composed in a variety of moods and voices, these remarkable portrayals of the American spiritual landscape show a modern master at the height of his powers. Cover art: Polkys (detail), 1985, watercolor ( c ) Andrew Wyeth

One of America's premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World's Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live. Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these superb short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. L. Doctorow is famous. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois ("A House on the Plains"), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California ("Baby Wilson"), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas ("Walter John Harmon"), and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence ("Jolene: A Life"). And in the stunning "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden," you will witness a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security. Two of these stories have won awards as the best fiction of the year published in American periodicals, and two have been chosen for annual best-story anthologies. Composed in a variety of moods and voices, these remarkable portrayals of the American spiritual landscape show a modern master at the height of his powers. Cover art: Polkys (detail), 1985, watercolor ( c ) Andrew Wyeth
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

One of America's premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World's Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live. Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these superb short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. L. Doctorow is famous. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois ("A House on the Plains"), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California ("Baby Wilson"), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas ("Walter John Harmon"), and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence ("Jolene: A Life"). And in the stunning "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden," you will witness a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security. Two of these stories have won awards as the best fiction of the year published in American periodicals, and two have been chosen for annual best-story anthologies. Composed in a variety of moods and voices, these remarkable portrayals of the American spiritual landscape show a modern master at the height of his powers. Cover art: Polkys (detail), 1985, watercolor ( c ) Andrew Wyeth

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joshua Swanson, John Rubinstein

Length:

4h 56m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:23


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

00:27