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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - A Novel

Joanna Cannon

Part coming-of-age novel, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong. England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren't convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God-they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home. Spunky, spirited Grace and frail, nervous Tilly go door to door in search of clues. As the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives uncover much more than they could have imagined. Instead of finding their missing neighbor, they must try to make sense of what they've seen and heard, and a complicated history of deception begins to emerge. Everyone on the Avenue has something to hide, a reason for not fitting in. It's only in the suffocating heat of the summer, that the ability to guard these differences becomes impossible. Along with the parched lawns and the melting pavement, the lives of all the neighbors begin to deconstruct. What the girls don't realize is that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was beginning to peel back just before she disappeared. For fans of Jeannette Walls's The Silver Star, this "is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door" (Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry).

Part coming-of-age novel, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong. England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren't convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God-they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home. Spunky, spirited Grace and frail, nervous Tilly go door to door in search of clues. As the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives uncover much more than they could have imagined. Instead of finding their missing neighbor, they must try to make sense of what they've seen and heard, and a complicated history of deception begins to emerge. Everyone on the Avenue has something to hide, a reason for not fitting in. It's only in the suffocating heat of the summer, that the ability to guard these differences becomes impossible. Along with the parched lawns and the melting pavement, the lives of all the neighbors begin to deconstruct. What the girls don't realize is that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was beginning to peel back just before she disappeared. For fans of Jeannette Walls's The Silver Star, this "is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door" (Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry).
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Part coming-of-age novel, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong. England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren't convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God-they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home. Spunky, spirited Grace and frail, nervous Tilly go door to door in search of clues. As the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives uncover much more than they could have imagined. Instead of finding their missing neighbor, they must try to make sense of what they've seen and heard, and a complicated history of deception begins to emerge. Everyone on the Avenue has something to hide, a reason for not fitting in. It's only in the suffocating heat of the summer, that the ability to guard these differences becomes impossible. Along with the parched lawns and the melting pavement, the lives of all the neighbors begin to deconstruct. What the girls don't realize is that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was beginning to peel back just before she disappeared. For fans of Jeannette Walls's The Silver Star, this "is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door" (Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry).

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paula Wilcox

Length:

11h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

32:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

33:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:01:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

19:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

37:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:33


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:54