Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and on tour around the U.S., this collection features works from a wide swath of genres and masters of the genre including Eudora Welty and Edgar Allan Poe and such inspired writer-reader pairings as John Cheever and Malachy McCourt. David Strathairn's tone and pacing produce a standout rendition of Donald Barthelme's 'Game'; Christine Baranski delivers a chilling performance of the Joyce Carol Oates classic 'Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?' and Jerry Stiller's hammy rendition of John Sayles's 'At the Anarchists' Convention' brings down the house and is worth the price of the collection alone." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Jerry Stiller's hammy rendition of John Sayles' 'At the Anarchists' Convention' brings down the house and is worth the price of the collection alone." Publishers Weekly
A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup ranging from Eudora Weltys hilarious story of an independent young woman striking out on her own, "Why I Live at the P.O." read to wacky perfection by Stockard Channing to Joyce Carol Oates sly, creepy tale of a teenage girls seduction by a dangerous drifter, "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?," read poignantly by Christine Baranski to Edgar Allen Poes terrifyingly delicious "The Black Cat," read by René Auberjonois. Other featured stories include Alice Walkers "Everyday Use" read by Carmen de Lavallade, John Cheevers "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor" performed by Malachy McCourt, Amy Tans "Rules of the Game" read by Freda Foh Shen and Jerry Stiller reading John Sayles laugh-out-loud classic "At the Anarchists Convention" by John Sayles.
About the Author
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.