Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories

Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Emerging author Lauren Groff presents a collection of nine short stories, each illuminating hardship, tragedy, and perseverance within the life of a twentieth century American woman.
Publisher: Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Audio, p2009
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781400140701
1400140706
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (ca. 600 minutes.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Ericksen, Susan

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AL_JENNY Aug 27, 2016

These stories are heart wrenching. The title story especially stayed with me for a long time.

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Mar 31, 2014

NO STARS. ?Lucky Chow Fun? ? the fate of the servers at the new Chinese restaurant in the fictional town of Templeton say a lot about the inhabitants of the town. ?L DeBard and Aliette? ? this haunting story takes place during the 1918 influenza epidemic and concerns the love story of two champion swimmers, L. DeBard and Aliette. ?Majorette? ? in this story, a little girl suffers a rather horrible childhood and comes of age, making something different of herself. ?Blythe? ? The title character sucks Harriet into a decades-long co-dependent relationship where Blythe takes and Harriet gives, to the detriment of her other relationships. "The Wife of the Dictator? ? the wives of the ambassadors to a foreign country watch with little sympathy as the fate of the unlikely wife of the dictator plays out. ?Watershed? ? a wedding changes a not-so-very-young woman?s life, for the better and then for the worse. ?Sir Fleeting? ? one woman recounts her life-long flirtation with a man named Ancel de Chair. ?Fugue? ? the owners and guests of a small and rather deserted inn are not quite what they seem. ?Delicate Edible Birds? ? this titular story tells the tale of Bernice ?Bern?, a war correspondent, and her fellow, male, correspondent evacuees from the German invasion of Paris. ***** I absolutely hated this book. These stories make Joyce Carole Oates seem like a cheerful author. I found the stories so bleak that I cannot believe I stuck with the book to the end. I guess I kept hoping for one story with positive characters and a redeeming outcome. It never happened. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE.

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