Wondrous Women: A Celebration of the Short Story

Wondrous Women: A Celebration of the Short Story

by Symphony Space
     
 

Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear spellbinding tales read aloud by an assortment of terrific actors.
 

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Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear spellbinding tales read aloud by an assortment of terrific actors.
 

Strong female protagonists grace this collection of passionate stories dedicated to mothers, daughters, wives, and lovers. A woman splurges on an irresistible coat that becomes her and transforms her; a feisty teenager who has grown up as her activist mother’s poster-child realizes the strength of her own convictions; and a young peasant woman saved from drowning is suddenly drawn to her rescuer and hopeful about her life. Features stories including Kim Edwards' “The Story of My Life” read by Holly Hunter, Teolinda Gersào's “The Red Fox Fur Coat" translated by Margaret Jull Costa and read by Kathleen Chalfant, Allan Gurganus' "It Had Wings" read by Marian Seldes, David Haynes' "Taking Miss Kezee to the Polls" read by Michael Genet, D. H. Lawrence's “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” read by Jon DeVries, and Richard Russo's "The Whore's Child" read by Harold Gould.

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The Listen Up Awards: The Best Audios of 2008, Publishers Weekly

Best AudioBooks of 2007, AudioFile Magazine

"Showcases six pieces about women, ranging from the 16-year-old daughter of an antiabortion activist in Kim Edwards's 'The Story of My Life' to the woman of 80 who discovers a wounded angel in her backyard in Allan Gurganus's 'It Had Wings.'  Despite the variety of ages and social situations, all the tales feature strong women who assert themselves, despite the circumstances."  —Library Journal

"Not much else beats the pleasure of a great story read aloud. This is the inspiration behind the marvelous Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story at New York City's Symphony Space."  —O, The Oprah Magazine

"As usual, the collection is nicely eclectic, with a sprinkling of well-known names and stories that run the gamut of emotion from funny to tragic. The D.H. Lawrence story is perhaps the only off-note in the collection, which, overall, is well presented and satisfying. Fans of the short story may well find a new author to pursue in this set."  —Audiofile

Publishers Weekly

According to these well-chosen stories, a "wondrous woman" is foxy, resilient, stubborn and a bit magical. In David Haynes's "Taking Miss Kezee to the Polls," the title character is a fiery octogenarian with a flaming red wig to match. Michael Genet delivers Miss Kezee's sassy proclamations with aplomb and brilliantly renders the bewilderment and compassion of the good-hearted young man who has been delegated to chauffeur her around town. In Kim Edward's "The Story of My Life," Holly Hunter is pitch-perfect as the spunky teenage daughter of an antiabortion activist, reclaiming her right to individual choices. Two of the stories involve a touch of magical realism. In Allan Gurganis's "It Had Wings," a frail widow takes full advantage of an angel who falls into her yard. Marian Seldes performs the woman's narrative slowly and carefully as surely such a woman would address us. In contrast, Kathleen Chalfant takes us slowly but sensuously through a "humble bank clerk's lust for "The Red Fox Coat" she covets until she becomes one with it. This touching and hilarious collection of well-crafted tales is beautifully rendered by its performers. (Jan.)

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Audiofile
As usual, the collection is nicely eclectic, with a sprinkling of well-known names and stories that run the gamut of emotion from funny to tragic. The D.H. Lawrence story is perhaps the only off-note in the collection, which, overall, is well presented and satisfying. Fans of the short story may well find a new author to pursue in this set.
Library Journal

Many of us have fond memories of listening to stories read aloud when we were children. Perhaps that accounts for the continuing popularity of the National Public Radio (NPR) hit series "Selected Shorts," which features classic and new fiction read by accomplished actors of stage, screen, and television. (These stories are performed by David Rakoff, Joanna Gleason, Andrea Marcovicci, and others.) In the new addition to the series, Are We There Yet?, the seven tales are linked by the common theme of travel. This eclectic collection includes James Thurber's "A Ride with Olympy," the hilarious account of miscommunication between a Russian and an American out for a drive in France. In a more serious vein, Martha Gellhorn's "Miami-New York" tells of a rich painter and a sailor on leave sitting next to each other during a late evening flight. In Eudora Welty's touching story of loneliness, "No Place for You My Love," a man and woman meet at a party in New Orleans and take a drive, hoping for love.

Wondrous Women showcases six pieces about women, ranging from the 16-year-old daughter of an antiabortion activist in Kim Edwards's "The Story of My Life" to the woman of 80 who discovers a wounded angel in her backyard in Allan Gurganus's "It Had Wings." One of the most intriguing stories, "The Red Fox Fur Coat" by Teolinda Gersão, concerns a bank clerk who escapes her lowly status by taking on the characteristics of a fox after she buys a much desired fur coat. Despite the variety of ages and social situations, all the tales feature strong women who assert themselves, despite the circumstances. Not only do the stories in both collections represent excellent examples ofshort fiction, but the audio version provides an added dimension. Award-winning actors Holly Hunter, Kathleen Chalfant, Harold Gould, and Marian Seldes enhance the experience, breathing life into the characters to make listening a joy. Recommended for large public libraries. [Kim Edwards is the author of the long-entrenched New York Times best seller The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Both books are available as downloadable audio from Audible.com.-Ed.]
—Nancy R. Ives

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934033067
Publisher:
Symphony Space
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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