I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories (Compact Disc)

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By Laura Berg, Amy Landon (Narrated by)
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The stories in Laura van den Berg's, I HOLD A WOLF BY THE EARS, are amazingly honest and brutal and devastating.  The opening sentence, "I want to tell you about the night I got hit by a train and died" sets the tone for the rest of the stories.  These are all told by women who are flawed and broken and mysterious and ultimately, deeply human. At times the stories feel like one is reading a horror story, or literary fiction or a mystery or even a social commentary on our current political climate.  However it is defined, it is impossible to put down or forget.

— Gail

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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears draws listeners into a world of wholly original, sideways ghost stories that linger in the mouth and mind like rotten, fragrant fruit. Both timeless and urgent, these eleven stories confront misogyny, violence, and the impossible economics of America with van den Berg's trademark spiky humor and surreal eye. Moving from the peculiarities of Florida to liminal spaces of travel in Mexico City, Sicily, and Spain, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears is uncannily attuned to our current moment, and to the thoughts we reveal to no one but ourselves. In "Lizards," a man mutes his wife's anxieties by giving her a La Croix-like seltzer laced with sedatives. In the title story, a woman poses as her more successful sister during a botched Italian holiday, a choice that brings about strange and violent consequences, while in "Karolina," a woman discovers her prickly ex-sister-in-law in the aftermath of an earthquake and is forced to face the truth about her violent brother. I Hold a Wolf by the Ears presents a collection of women on the verge, trying to grasp what's left of life. With remarkable control and transcendent talent, van den Berg dissolves, in the words of the narrator of "Slumberland," "that border between magic and annihilation," and further establishes herself as a defining fiction writer of our time.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781705213049
ISBN-10: 1705213049
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: June 9th, 2020
Language: English

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