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Publisher Comments:

The prize-winning author of Versailles tells the story of a small New England village unsettled by a young girl's unearthly gift. In Varennes, a town near the Canadian border, three girls come across the body of a dead man on the local lake's beach. Two of them run to get help, but twelve-year-old Mees Kipp stays with the body and somehow, inexplicably, brings it back to life. Her mysterious gift is at the center of this haunting and transcendent novel. The Thin Place is the story of these girls, their town, and the worldly and otherworldly forces that come into play there over one summer. Writing at the peak of her powers, Kathryn Davis draws on commonplace forms—police blotters, garden almanacs, Sunday sermons, horoscopes, and diaries—to convey the rich rhythms of life in Varennes. From the ladies in the old-folks' home to trappers, lawyers, teachers, ministers, drug addicts—even the dogs and cats, beavers and bears—she peoples this novel with astonishingly vivid beings. The extraordinary comes to visit an ordinary town.

"A delightful, surprise-filled narrative: Davis's best yet."—Kirkus Review(starred review)

"Cosmic in her vision, provocative and comic in her storytelling, Kathryn Davis draws on sources as diverse as quantum physics and tales of saints and miracles and makes place a key element in her exploratory fiction."—Booklist (starred review)

"Never has Davis' prose seemed more effortless...The Thin Place is a bright, shimmering book."—Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"Davis's unconventional style of writing this novel is not well-suited to the audio format. Chapters are told from many different characters' perspectives, and the narrative jumps around from past to present. Since Frasier does not vary her delivery or do much to differentiate the voices of the characters, it's easy to lose the thread of what's going on. The novel frequently tosses in 'list-style' items, such as police logs and daily horoscopes, which are slow, distracting and repetitive when read aloud. Frasier's cool, objective voice matches the author's narrative tone, but it makes such potentially exciting scenes as a gunman taking hostages in a church flat and dull. The strength of the audio medium is in its intimacy and emotion, the ability of a talented reader to bring characters and stories to life. A novel such as this, told in the detached tone of an impartial observer, does not play to the medium's strengths. It works better on the page. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 17). (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The prize-winning author of Versailles tells the story of a small New England village unsettled by a young girl's unearthly gift. In Varennes, a town near the Canadian border, three girls come across the body of a dead man on the local lake's beach. Two of them run to get help, but twelve-year-old Mees Kipp stays with the body and somehow, inexplicably, brings it back to life. Her mysterious gift is at the center of this haunting and transcendent novel.

About the Author

Davis has received a Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400102211
Author:
Davis, Kathryn
Publisher:
Tantor
Read by:
Frasier, Shelly
Read:
Frasier, Shelly
Narrated by:
Frasier, Shelly
Narrated:
Frasier, Shelly
Author:
Frasier, Shelly
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Visionary & metaphysical
Subject:
Miracles
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Occult fiction
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Visionary & Metaphysics
Subject:
Metaphysics -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20060215
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Pages:
7
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.4 lb

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Product details 7 pages Tantor Media - English 9781400102211 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Davis's unconventional style of writing this novel is not well-suited to the audio format. Chapters are told from many different characters' perspectives, and the narrative jumps around from past to present. Since Frasier does not vary her delivery or do much to differentiate the voices of the characters, it's easy to lose the thread of what's going on. The novel frequently tosses in 'list-style' items, such as police logs and daily horoscopes, which are slow, distracting and repetitive when read aloud. Frasier's cool, objective voice matches the author's narrative tone, but it makes such potentially exciting scenes as a gunman taking hostages in a church flat and dull. The strength of the audio medium is in its intimacy and emotion, the ability of a talented reader to bring characters and stories to life. A novel such as this, told in the detached tone of an impartial observer, does not play to the medium's strengths. It works better on the page. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 17). (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The prize-winning author of Versailles tells the story of a small New England village unsettled by a young girl's unearthly gift. In Varennes, a town near the Canadian border, three girls come across the body of a dead man on the local lake's beach. Two of them run to get help, but twelve-year-old Mees Kipp stays with the body and somehow, inexplicably, brings it back to life. Her mysterious gift is at the center of this haunting and transcendent novel.
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