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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules
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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

A must-have for the fans of the #1 bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction from Flannery O'Connor to Tobias Wolff.

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules is a collection of short stories-some classic, others impending-selected and introduced by David Sedaris.
With this audiobook a careful listener can discover the truth about loneliness, betrayal, love and hope.
Where the Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out
by Patricia Highsmith, read by Cherry Jones
Bullet In the Brain by Tobias Wolff
read by Toby Wherry
Gryphon by Charles Baxter
read by David Sedaris
In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried by Amy Hempel
read by Mary-Louise Parker
Cosmopolitan by Akhil Sharma
read by the Author

A must-have for the fans of the #1 bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction from Flannery O'Connor to Tobias Wolff.

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules is a collection of short stories-some classic, others impending-selected and introduced by David Sedaris.
With this audiobook a careful listener can discover the truth about loneliness, betrayal, love and hope.
Where the Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out
by Patricia Highsmith, read by Cherry Jones
Bullet In the Brain by Tobias Wolff
read by Toby Wherry
Gryphon by Charles Baxter
read by David Sedaris
In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried by Amy Hempel
read by Mary-Louise Parker
Cosmopolitan by Akhil Sharma
read by the Author

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  • David Sedaris is the author of the internationally bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.
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  • AudioFile Magazine This collection of stories, many well known, is remarkable for its variety, intensity, and quality. Readers are well matched, each one capturing the story's voice and striking just the right balance between restraint and emotion. Cherry Jones's dialogue shines as she depicts the tension between estranged sisters. Toby Wherry captures the cynicism of a literary critic who critiques his own murder. David Sedaris underscores the child's incredulity in the story about a bizarre substitute teacher. Akhil Sharma, the only author in the collection reading his own work, adds a strong sense authenticity with his accent. Mary-Louise Parker's performance of a woman at the bedside of her dying friend made this listener cry. E.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 6, 2005
    This recording of five stories from Sedaris's longer print collection of the same name is a brief but delightful audio treat. The stories vary widely in theme and style, but each is powerfully emotive and paired with an excellent narrator. Of particular note are Cherry Jones's rendition of Patricia Highsmith's farcical "Where the Door Is Always Open and the Welcome Mat Is Out," and Parker's take on Amy Hempel's "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried." In the former, Jones perfectly captures the well-intentioned but ill-fated preparations of a woman who has moved to Manhattan from Ohio and is awaiting a visit from her perfectionist sister, and in the latter, Parker delivers a poignant performance of a friend's bittersweet musings on the death of her friend. Hearing Sedaris read an offbeat, deeply personal story not his own is another of this audio's many pleasures. While Sedaris has grown famous for his reading style, his earnest portrayal of youthful admiration and his spot-on characterization of a quirky substitute teacher in Charles Baxter's "Gryphon" demonstrate his range as a storyteller—and show that much more than his high pitch makes him such a distinctive voice in modern literature. Simultaneous release with the S&S paperback.

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