Five Tuesdays in Winter: Stories Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
By the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of Writers & Lovers, Lily King’s first-ever collection of exceptional and innovative short stories.
With Writers & Lovers and Euphoria, Lily King’s books catapulted onto best seller and best-of-the-year lists across the country and established her as one of our most “brilliant” (New York Times), “wildly talented” (Chicago Tribune), and beloved authors in contemporary fiction. Now, for the first time ever, King collects 10 of her finest short stories — half published in leading literary magazines and half brand new — opening fresh realms of discovery for avid and new listeners alike.
Told in the intimate voices of unique and endearing characters of all ages, these tales explore desire and heartache, loss and discovery, moments of jolting violence, and the inexorable tug toward love at all costs. A bookseller’s unspoken love for his employee rises to the surface, a neglected teenage boy finds much-needed nurturing from an unlikely pair of college students hired to housesit, a girl’s loss of innocence at the hands of her employer’s son becomes a catalyst for strength and confidence, and a proud nonagenarian rages helplessly in his granddaughter’s hospital room. Romantic, hopeful, brutally raw, and unsparingly honest, some even slipping into the surreal, these stories are, above all, about King’s enduring subject of love.
Lily King’s literary mastery, her spare and stunning prose, and her gift for creating lasting and treasured characters is on full display in this curated selection of short fiction. Five Tuesdays in Winter showcases an exhilarating new form for this extraordinarily gifted author writing at the height of her career.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 10 minutes|
|Narrator||Bronson Pinchot, Mark Bramhall, Stacey Glemboski, Cassandra Campbell, Christa Lewis|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 09, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #33,622 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#180 in Fiction Short Stories
#807 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,438 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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King’s writing is exquisite. Her references both literary and worldly bring us to feel such range of emotion and at the end of each story, it’s as if you know the characters, which is astounding given we’ve spent such a brief period with them.
The stories are profoundly beautiful with diverse characters you won’t soon forget. Written with such tenderness, capturing periods of time with the most exquisite attention to elements of place and feeling, it hardly feels like reading fiction. I was drawn into the relationships, the love, the sorrow.
There is not a story in this collection that doesn’t shine. I devoured them.
At once spare, King’s ability to write with nonetheless flourishes, left me breathless and wanting more than the 10 stories.
What did they think of the ending...what "might have happened next.?" For better or worse, so many aspects of human nature and interaction are revealed in these stories.
’On the way to Vermont I thought about words and how, if you put a few of them in the right order, a three-minute story about a girl and her dog can get people to forget all the ways you’ve disappointed them.’ - from Timeline
This is the first book of Lily King’s that I’ve read, a collection of ten short stories that share the journey of life and living through themes of love and loss, heartache, the issues we wrestle with in our lives, seemingly insurmountable problems, family, along with the common daily ins and outs of life.
I enjoyed all of these stories, but a few pulled me in from the start and will undoubtedly stay with me.
’Five Days in Winter’ was one of the stories that pulled me in from the start - a man, Mitchell, who owns a bookstore, but can’t abide the ignorance of his customers, although his daughter loved them. He’s completely smitten by a young woman he works for him, but can’t manage to bring himself to let her know. He’s lost so many in his life, his wife who left him, his mother who died when he was very young, his father when he was a teenager, his friends, and some of his favourite customers.
’Waiting for Charlie’ was the story that really moved me. A man in his 90’s, a grandfather visiting his granddaughter, Charlotte, in the hospital following an accident that has left her unresponsive following an accident, and his struggle to try and reach her, pull her back into the land of the conscious. ’They were both adrift from their bodies. And without the body, what are we?’ A story that serves as a reminder of how fragile life can be.
’When in the Dordogne’ shares the story of a teenager, whose parents leave him behind when they take a two-month long vacation the summer before he begins high school. He was the fourth born to them, long after his older siblings, and so he viewed himself as ’an inconvenience, to which they seem to agree, if silently. He’s left in the care of two young men, Ed and Grant, who offer him a new view, of the world, life, love, and the difference love makes.
These stories share multiple stages of life, love and grief, and the power of stories to touch us in such a memorably moving way. So many beautiful, stirring passages with such lovely imagery.
’She held herself straight, upright, but inside she was bent with grief...Something about her movements...the way she walked around the garden, touching petals and branches, as if she could rid some of her sadness on them.’ - from South
A lovely introduction to Lily King for me, which makes me happy that I have yet another author’s work to look forward to in the future.
Many thanks for the ARC provided by Grove Atlantic / Grove Press
Not only was the book good enough to get me out of my slump and out of my head, it ended up being one of my favorite books of the year.
When I heard about this book I was all over it, and unsurprisingly I loved this collection of short stories.
I ended up listening to it over a week and a half, treating myself to a story every night. This is a book to be savored. Lily King's writing is stunning and as with Writers & Lovers I find myself wanting to hang on to every word. Descriptions of the most mundane things are poetic, and her characters jump off the page.
Really, I knew it after reading only one of her books, but Lily King is officially an auto-buy author for me and I'm so thankful that these short stories came at a time where I've only had short stretches in a day for reading.
Many thanks to NetGalley, Libro.fm, & Grove Press for the ARC.