Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore audiobook

Shot in the Heart

By Mikal Gilmore
Read by Will Patton

Random House Audio
3.60 Hours Abridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780553755817

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE Haunting, harrowing, and profoundly affecting, Shot in the Heart exposes and explores a dark vein of American life that most of us would rather ignore. It is a book that will leave no reader unchanged. Gary Gilmore, the infamous murderer immortalized by Norman Mailer in The Executioner's Song, campaigned for his own death and was executed by firing squad in 1977. Writer Mikal Gilmore is his younger brother. In Shot in the Heart, he tells the stunning story of their wildly dysfunctional family: their mother, a black sheep daughter of unforgiving Mormon farmers; their father, a drunk, thief, and con man. It was a family destroyed by a multigenerational history of child abuse, alcoholism, crime, adultery, and murder. Mikal, burdened with the guilt of being his father's favorite and the shame of being Gary's brother, gracefully and painfully relates a murder tale "from inside the house where murder is born... a house that, in some ways, [he has] never been able to leave." Shot in the Heart is the history of an American family inextricably tied up with violence, and the story of how the children of this family committed murder and murdered themselves in payment for a long lineage of ruin.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1994 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

Winner of the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography

A 1994 Hammett Prize Finalist

A 1995 Anthony Award Finalist for Best True Crime

Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE Haunting, harrowing, and profoundly affecting, Shot in the Heart exposes and explores a dark vein of American life that most of us would rather ignore. It is a book that will leave no reader unchanged. Gary Gilmore, the infamous murderer immortalized by Norman Mailer in The Executioner's Song, campaigned for his own death and was executed by firing squad in 1977. Writer Mikal Gilmore is his younger brother. In Shot in the Heart, he tells the stunning story of their wildly dysfunctional family: their mother, a black sheep daughter of unforgiving Mormon farmers; their father, a drunk, thief, and con man. It was a family destroyed by a multigenerational history of child abuse, alcoholism, crime, adultery, and murder. Mikal, burdened with the guilt of being his father's favorite and the shame of being Gary's brother, gracefully and painfully relates a murder tale "from inside the house where murder is born... a house that, in some ways, [he has] never been able to leave." Shot in the Heart is the history of an American family inextricably tied up with violence, and the story of how the children of this family committed murder and murdered themselves in payment for a long lineage of ruin.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Remarkable, astonishing... Shot in the Heart reads like a combination of Brothers Karamazov and a series of Johnny Cash ballads... chilling, heartbreaking, and alarming. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times.
One of the most beautifully written, moving nonfiction books published in the past five years. Deidre Donahue, USA Today.
“Remarkable, astonishing…Like a combination of Brothers Karamazov and a series of Johnny Cash ballads…Chilling, heartbreaking, and alarming.” New York Times
Mesmerizing... riveting and immensely moving... Shot in the Heart is a gesture of sustained courage that just happens to be a page-turner. Daphne Merkin,The New Yorker.
“Mesmerizing…Riveting and immensely moving…Shot in the Heart is a gesture of sustained courage.” New Yorker
“One of the most beautifully written, moving nonfiction books published in the past five years.” USA Today

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Author

Author Bio: Mikal Gilmore

Author Bio: Mikal Gilmore

Mikal Gilmore has covered and criticized rock and roll, its culture, and related issues for many national publications. He was music editor for the L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and for twenty years has worked on the staff of Rolling Stone, where he has profiled many national figures. His first book, Shot in the Heart, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 3.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English