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For Better and for Worse (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 mother's 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 Gersao'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 Dealer's Daughter read by Jon DeVries, and Richard Russo's The Whore's Child read by Harold Gould.
"Lena and Bob, though mentally challenged, are the happiest couple in this collection of short stories exploring marriage. Karen E. Bender's 'Eternal Love,' read to perfection by Joanne Woodward, is a touching and comic tale of their courtship, engagement, wedding and honeymoon. The title character of Shahrnush Parsipur's 'Mrs. Farrokhlaqa Sadraldivan Golchehreh' is not so lucky: she's saddled with a critical, bullying husband. Frances Sternhagen reads the complicated names and foreign words so fluently that one wonders whether she speaks Farsi. Luis Alberto Urrea's 'Say Farewell to Her Many Horses,' about a Caucasian husband's tenuous relationships with his late wife's Native American parents, is read at a slow pace by Robert Sean Leonard. Like marriages themselves, For Better and for Worse has many wonderful moments, which make the collection worth committing to for a few hours." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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 on public radio nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear some of their favorite tales read aloud by distinguished actors.
From a couple's rocky, college love affair that lasts a lifetime and a mother who nervously chaperones her retarded daughter's honeymoon to a supernatural tale of marriage and transformation and a grieving man who buries his young wife and makes amends with her family—this anthology captures the powerful and complicated lives of married couples. Among the stories are Sherman Alexie's "Do You Know Where I Am?" read by Keir Dullea; Karen E. Bender's "Eternal Love," read by Joanne Woodward; Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Wife's Story," read by Joanna Gleason; Shahrnush Parsipur's "Mrs. Farrokhlaqa Sadraldivan Golchehreh," translated by Kamran Talattof and Jocelyn Sharlet and read by Frances Sternhagen; and Luis Alberto Urrea's "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," read by Robert Sean Leonard.
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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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