In the Garden of the North American Martyrs

By Tobias Wolff
Read by Anthony Heald

0.42 Hours 12/15/2013 unabridged
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Tobias Wolff’s masterful short story about one woman’s quiet revenge on the pomposity and arrogance of academia Meticulous, funny, eccentric—Mary has always been mindful of the complex role she plays as a professor of history. Her lectures are carefully written out beforehand; her departmental loyalties ambiguous. She is so careful, in fact, that she began to see herself as flat, dull, and lifeless. The closing of Brandon College, the institution she’d spent more than fifteen years at, changes everything. Forced to find another position, Mary finds herself at an experimental college in rainy Oregon. Sickly and unhappy, Mary feels as if she’s dying—until a letter from an old colleague holds promises of a bright future. Louise works for a prestigious school in upstate New York and wants to help her secure a position there. Excited, Mary flies across the country for an interview. But things aren’t as they seem, and Mary, disenchanted with Louise’s vanity and the futility of the university, for once, throws caution to the wind.

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Summary

Summary

Tobias Wolff’s masterful short story about one woman’s quiet revenge on the pomposity and arrogance of academia

Meticulous, funny, eccentric—Mary has always been mindful of the complex role she plays as a professor of history. Her lectures are carefully written out beforehand; her departmental loyalties ambiguous. She is so careful, in fact, that she began to see herself as flat, dull, and lifeless.

The closing of Brandon College, the institution she’d spent more than fifteen years at, changes everything. Forced to find another position, Mary finds herself at an experimental college in rainy Oregon. Sickly and unhappy, Mary feels as if she’s dying—until a letter from an old colleague holds promises of a bright future. Louise works for a prestigious school in upstate New York and wants to help her secure a position there. Excited, Mary flies across the country for an interview. But things aren’t as they seem, and Mary, disenchanted with Louise’s vanity and the futility of the university, for once, throws caution to the wind.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Tobias Wolff is a captivating, brilliant writer, one of the best we’ve got.” Annie Dillard
“Wolff’s vision is so acute and his talent so refined…These stories provoke our amazed appreciation.” New York Times Book Review, praise for the whole collection

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Author Bio: Tobias Wolff

Tobias Wolff is the author of several previous books and the editor of a growing list of anthologies. He has received numerous awards, among them the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of the short story. He lives in Northern California and teaches English and creative writing at Stanford University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 0.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English