Only Partly Here

By Lucius Shepard
Read by Robertson Dean

1.12 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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Lucius Shepard explores the after-effects of trauma in this haunting story. Bobby is a Columbia grad student studying philosophy who has taken a year off from school to help with the meticulous clean-up at ground zero after 9/11. Each day, he enters a nightmarish otherworld of smoke and ash, where pieces of broken lives emerge from the rubble like lost soul fragments. Haunted by what he has seen, he finds himself collecting pieces from the wreckage. Yet he is unable to talk about his experience—until he finds himself drawn to an enigmatic older woman at the bar he frequents after work. Every evening she sits there alone, fending off men who approach, seeking some kind of solace or resolution. Inexplicably, Bobby feels compelled to share stories with her. In a changed world where no one is quite whole, they may offer each other a missing piece.

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Summary

Summary

Lucius Shepard explores the after-effects of trauma in this haunting story.

Bobby is a Columbia grad student studying philosophy who has taken a year off from school to help with the meticulous clean-up at ground zero after 9/11. Each day, he enters a nightmarish otherworld of smoke and ash, where pieces of broken lives emerge from the rubble like lost soul fragments. Haunted by what he has seen, he finds himself collecting pieces from the wreckage. Yet he is unable to talk about his experience—until he finds himself drawn to an enigmatic older woman at the bar he frequents after work. Every evening she sits there alone, fending off men who approach, seeking some kind of solace or resolution. Inexplicably, Bobby feels compelled to share stories with her. In a changed world where no one is quite whole, they may offer each other a missing piece.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Shepard manipulates genre elements in order to transcend genre expectations.” New York Times Book Review
“Shepard is fantasy literature’s Joseph Conrad or perhaps its Saul Bellow, a writer who never tires of staring directly into the abyss.” Publishers Weekly
“Chilling—and unforgettable.” Barnes & Noble review
“Shepard is a magical existentialist…the magic of Robert Stone, Graham Greene, and Joseph Conrad lurks around the edges of his jungles.” The Village Voice
“A prodigious talent.” Locus

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Author

Author Bio: Lucius Shepard

Lucius Shepard (1947–2014) won two World Fantasy Awards, as well as the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Theodore Sturgeon awards for science fiction writing and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 1.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English