In the epigraph to this volume, Penelope Fitzgerald tells us, "If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching." And so we discover each story here to follow the arc of a search, just as each also contains a rescue. What is immediately apparent is that it will be impossible to guess the form this rescue will take or even who it is who'll require it.
Instead the astonishingly talented Valerie Trueblood has imbued each story with its own depth and mystery, so rescue comes as a surprise to the listener, who is in intimate sympathy for the soul in extremity. And these are diverse characters whose fates, in lesser hands, might be thought of as hopeless: the fired cop turned security guard, the stolid 19-year-old nurses' aide who will not be going to art school, the cynical radio producer who is dying of breast cancer and on a plane on her way to Lourdes.
In these 13 stories, linked by a common transcendent human genius, the writing is confident, clear, original, and often drop-dead stunning--as if the stories are being told by the most casually eloquent among us.
About the Author
VALERIE TRUEBLOOD is the author of the novel Seven Loves, and the short story collections Search Party, Marry or Burn, and Criminals. She's been a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award, a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and a recipient of the B&N Discover Award. She lives in Seattle.
Kymberly Dakin is a professional actress with over twenty years' experience and has been a featured performer both on Broadway and in national tours. Kym has also played roles on The Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and All My Children, and has appeared on PAX-TV's It's a Miracle and on PBS' Math Monsters.
Christine Marshall is an actress, director, and designer living in Portland, Maine. She teaches for the Maine State Ballet and produces plays with her theater company, Mad Horse. In addition to audiobooks, she records the online version of the New Yorker.
Moira Driscoll's theatrical credits include numerous productions Off-Broadway and at theaters throughout the United States and Europe. She has appeared on television in Law & Order, Cosby, and One Life to Live. Her voice has been featured on PBS and NPR and in audiobooks, as well as in museum exhibits across the country.