The Uninnocent:

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Bradford Morrow’s stories have garnered him awards such as the O. Henry and Pushcart prizes and have given him a devoted following. Now gathered here for the first time is a collection of his finest gothic tales. 

A young man whose childhood hobby of collecting sea shells and birds’ nests takes a sinister turn when he becomes obsessed with acquiring his brother’s girlfriend, in “The Hoarder,” which was selected as one of the Best American Noir Stories of the Century. 

An archeologist summoned to attend his beloved sister’s funeral is astonished to discover it is not she who has died, but someone much closer to him, in “Gardener of Heart.” 

A blind motivational speaker has a crisis of faith when he suddenly regains his sight, only to discover life was better lived in the dark, in “Amazing Grace.”

Editorial Reviews

“There has never been a short story by Bradford Morrow that I haven’t read at a single sitting—fascinated, thrilled, at times a bit breathless. There is a subterranean air about his fiction that pulls the reader down, as if into a vertiginous whirlpool. if you read just a single story by Bradford Morrow, you will be drawn into his gravitational pull inexorably.” 

Joyce Carol Oates

The Uninnocent is a masterpiece of empathy and of storytelling. I love this chapel of unholy stories with their charming, monstrous, wholly sympathetic characters.”

Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

“Morrow gives voice to the peace at the center of the chaos all around and within us. His collection, The Uninnocent, is not only very beautiful but very important.”

Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

“An ambitious, thoughtful writer, technically accomplished and emotionally truthful.”

Washington Post

“Beautifully dark and soulfully intimate stories in his first collection, featuring characters who, though hardly citizens of virtue, reveal their true colors with little remorse…Morrow’s stories are hauntingly honest and linger in the consciousness.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Mixing elements of Southern gothic and noir, these powerful tales will linger in the reader’s mind.”

Library Journal

“Morrow evinces an eerie and seductive sureness in summoning the inexplicable and the unnerving in these shrewd and shivery tales of madness and mayhem.”

Booklist

“Each story is skillfully turned…there’s no question Morrow knows how to conjure a mood.”

Kirkus

Author Biography

Bradford Morrow is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and poetry, including Ariel’s Crossing and Giovanni’s Gift. He is also the founder of the literary journal Conjunctions, which he has edited since 1981. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2007 and is a professor of literature at Bard College.

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Reader Biography

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.

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