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Selected Shorts: Wonderous Women: A Celebration of the Short Story (Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story)by Symphony Space
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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 mothers 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 Dealers Daughter” read by Jon DeVries, and Richard Russo's "The Whore's Child" read by Harold Gould.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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Symphony Space is a performing arts center based in New York City that fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy. This organization reaches audiences throughout New York City, the wider metropolitan area, and—through distribution of programs via media such as radio, recordings, podcasts, and touring—the nation.
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