The Third Rainbow Girl by Emma Copley Eisenberg audiobook

The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

By Emma Copley Eisenberg
Read by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Hachette Books, Hachette Book Group 9780316449236
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A stunningly written investigation of the murder of two young women--showing how a violent crime casts a shadow over an entire community. In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived; they traveled with a third woman however, who lived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas--turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries. Emma Copley Eisenberg spent years living in Pocahontas and re-investigating these brutal acts. Using the past and the present, she shows how this mysterious act of violence has loomed over all those affected for generations, shaping their fears, fates, and the stories they tell about themselves. In The Third Rainbow Girl, Eisenberg follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing and wide-ranging portrait of America--its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Memoir Prize for Books for True Crime

Finalist for the 2021 Edgar Award for Best True Crime Book

A New York Times Notable Book of 2020

An Esquire Magazine Best Books of the Year Selection

A Marie Claire Magazine Pick of Best True Crime Books of 2020

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of Best True Crime Books of the Year

A Crime Reads Pick of Best True Crime Works of the Month

A Literary Hub Pick of Best True Crime Audiobooks of Spring

An Oprah Magazine Pick of the Month

A SIBA Okra Pick

A Library Journal Editor’s Pick 

A Booklist Pick of Best Books to Chill with a Thrill

A stunningly written investigation of the murder of two young women--showing how a violent crime casts a shadow over an entire community.

In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived; they traveled with a third woman however, who lived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas--turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries.

Emma Copley Eisenberg spent years living in Pocahontas and re-investigating these brutal acts. Using the past and the present, she shows how this mysterious act of violence has loomed over all those affected for generations, shaping their fears, fates, and the stories they tell about themselves. In The Third Rainbow Girl, Eisenberg follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing and wide-ranging portrait of America--its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stepping into darkness, [Eisenberg] extracts a nuanced sense of place and draws a map with historical connections.” Nancy Isenberg, New York Times bestselling author
“Tells a haunting story of two restless women and the un-nameable desire to travel a different path.” NPR
“The surprising story of a wrenching crime…[and] a deeply felt exploration of Appalachia, a land where fault lines of race, gender, and class run deep.” Esquire
“A fascinating hybrid work of true crime and memoir…an affectionate portrait of Appalachia that complicates and contradicts stereotypes about the region.” Shelf Awareness
“A beautiful and complicated ode to West Virginia. Exquisitely written, this is a powerful commentary on society’s notions of gender, violence, and rural America.” Booklist (starred review)
“Eisenberg narrates her own audiobook with care and precision. Her appealing voice, like her writing, never condescends to a region and people so frequently misunderstood. To this native West Virginian, few books have tried so hard and succeeded so thoroughly in understanding the state.” Literary Hub (audio review)
“This is essential reading for true crime fans.” Publishers Weekly
“A lens through which to consider the effects of violent acts on the communities where they occur.” Library Journal

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Emma Copley Eisenberg

Author Bio: Emma Copley Eisenberg

Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer whose work has appeared in Granta, VQR, McSweeney’s, Tin House, the Paris Review online, New Republic, Salon, Slate, and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Lambda Literary, and the New Economy Coalition. Her reporting has been recognized by GLAAD, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the Deadline Club, and Longreads’ Best Crime Reporting 2017. She co-directs Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 10.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English