Snow Angels

By Stewart O’Nan
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

6.38 Hours 02/01/2008 unabridged
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Arthur Parkinson is fourteen during the dreary winter of 1974, experiencing the confusing pangs of adolescence and the pain of his parents’ divorce. His world is shattered further by the sudden and violent death of Annie Marchand, his beloved former babysitter. Narrated by the adult Arthur, who continues to be haunted by memories, the story of a young man’s unraveling family and the circumstances leading up to Annie’s death form the backdrop for an intimate tale of the price of love and belonging, while told in a spare, translucent, and unexpectedly tender voice.

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Summary

Summary

Arthur Parkinson is fourteen during the dreary winter of 1974, experiencing the confusing pangs of adolescence and the pain of his parents’ divorce. His world is shattered further by the sudden and violent death of Annie Marchand, his beloved former babysitter. Narrated by the adult Arthur, who continues to be haunted by memories, the story of a young man’s unraveling family and the circumstances leading up to Annie’s death form the backdrop for an intimate tale of the price of love and belonging, while told in a spare, translucent, and unexpectedly tender voice.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“O’Nan is a skilled writer who views the lives of his working-class characters with unsentimental compassion…The novel’s elegiac tone is perfectly controlled, and angst and the lingo of male adolescence are rendered with wry fidelity.” Publishers Weekly
“O'Nan weaves together…seemingly disparate small-town tragedies…with consummate skill, seamlessly shifting the focus among characters…This winner of the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for the Novel is recommended for fiction collections.” Library Journal
“Beautiful and harrowing...An exquisite double helix, each of its two strands the tale of an unraveling family, curving in tenuous but essential relation to the other.” Elle
“Hillgartner does a fine reading of this emotionally charged tale…his interpretation of the tension within the various relationships is well expressed.” Kliatt
“Stewart O'Nan’s heartbreaking and poetic story…is beautifully read by narrator Malcolm Hillgartner in a rich performance that resonates with melancholy and loss. Hillgartner’s deep tone is so engaging and earnest it makes the story leap to life inside the listeners’ collective imaginations.” AudioFile
“Stewart O'Nan’s heartbreaking and poetic story…is beautifully read by narrator Malcom Hillgartner in a rich performance that resonates with melancholy and loss. Hillgartner’s deep tone is so engaging and earnest it makes the story leap to life inside the listeners’ collective imaginations. As Arthur Parkinson, he is thorough and complete in his reading, realistically assuming the identity of a middle-aged man searching for answers from his dreary past. There is little in the way of performance here, not in any obvious sense, but what Hillgartner lacks in variety and theatrics he more than provides in believability and emotion.” AudioFile

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Reviews

by Greg 9/13/2017
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This is not the best novel of the year but I was able to follow it...

Not one of my most favorite but it was interesting. I don't really identify with these people that can't get their lives together and then be so self-riotous that they feel it is their duty to take control of a situation that is not their responsibility. I hope that was vague enough not to give anything away. In any case. The descriptions, narration and plot line went along well enough. Performances by these narrators are amazing to me. To be able to keep track of the character and gender, bravo! Thank you for your talents. You make these stories easy to follow.... most of the time ;)

Author

Author Bio: Stewart O’Nan

Stewart O’Nan is the author of more than a dozen novels, including West of Sunset; The Odds; Emily, Alone; and Snow Angels, as well as several works of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the New York Times bestselling Faithful. His novel Last Night at the Lobster was a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born and raised and lives with his family in Pittsburgh.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English