Swimming Between Worlds by Elaine Neil Orr audiobook

Swimming Between Worlds

By Elaine Neil Orr
Read by Cassandra Campbell

Penguin Audio
12.52 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780525499084

From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement... Tacker Hart left his home in North Carolina as a local high school football hero, but returns in disgrace after being fired from a prestigious architectural assignment in West Africa. Yet the culture and people he grew to admire have left their mark on him. Adrift, he manages his father's grocery store and becomes reacquainted with a girl he barely knew growing up. Kate Monroe's parents have died, leaving her the family home and the right connections in her Southern town. But a trove of disturbing letters sends her searching for the truth behind the comfortable life she's been bequeathed. On the same morning but at different moments, Tacker and Kate encounter a young African-American, Gaines Townson, and their stories converge with his. As Winston-Salem is pulled into the tumultuous 1960s, these three Americans find themselves at the center of the civil rights struggle, coming to terms with the legacies of their pasts as they search for an ennobling future.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of the Month's Best Coming-of-Age Novels

From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement...

Tacker Hart left his home in North Carolina as a local high school football hero, but returns in disgrace after being fired from a prestigious architectural assignment in West Africa. Yet the culture and people he grew to admire have left their mark on him. Adrift, he manages his father's grocery store and becomes reacquainted with a girl he barely knew growing up.

Kate Monroe's parents have died, leaving her the family home and the right connections in her Southern town. But a trove of disturbing letters sends her searching for the truth behind the comfortable life she's been bequeathed.

On the same morning but at different moments, Tacker and Kate encounter a young African-American, Gaines Townson, and their stories converge with his. As Winston-Salem is pulled into the tumultuous 1960s, these three Americans find themselves at the center of the civil rights struggle, coming to terms with the legacies of their pasts as they search for an ennobling future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A thoughtful read touching on social as well as personal issues. Booklist
A novel of great humanity…Conceived with compassion and rendered with grace, it scores a triumph for its author and a blessing for her readers. Richmond Times-Dispatch 
A captivating narrative about race, sex, nationality, generations and romance, Orr’s expansive new novel fulfills the promise of her debut tour de force, A Different Sun.  Her keen sense of historical impact and geographical detail keeps us reading and hoping for a sequel. Valerie Miner, author of Traveling with Spirits
The catalyst for the biggest cry I’ve ever had reading a book. No French ending here. Sad, but with a brilliant resolution…. [I] found myself rejoicing at story’s end—with tears streaming down my face. Smoky Mountain News   
Orr offers beautifully wrought lesson about America’s troubled race relations and what it means to follow one’s conscience. Greensboro News & Record   
Set indeed in two worlds, these lives blend, merge and diverge in a sea of wonderful prose and pure storytelling infused with all the right elements marking a fine Southern novel. Mountain Times
Orr has crafted an intelligent book that both challenges and entertains The News & Observer
Poignant and agonizing, the novel captures the South the moment before the gun went off, prefiguring our current national trauma around race and society. Fenton Johnson, author of The Man Who Loved Birds  
A touching love story....[and an] intelligently written and vivid evocation of a civil rights struggle that has heartbreaking relevance to the here and now. You will experience in these pages the physical and emotional bravery of the men and women who dared to push the boundaries of what was seemingly immutable. Eleanor Morse, author of White Dog Fell from the Sky
A perceptive and powerful story told with generosity and grace. The struggle of its deftly-drawn young characters to navigate the monumental changes—cultural and personal—that the civil rights movement brought to the South is rich and compelling. New York Times bestselling author Charles Frazier
“Cassandra Campbell delivers a stunning narration of this thoughtful novel set in the early 1960s and spanning North Carolina and Nigeria…Campbell’s delivery of Tacker and Kate’s profound conversations is magnificent; both voices are softly Southern but so distinctive that this listener sometimes believed there were two narrators. A young African–American who works for Tacker becomes enmeshed in the Civil Rights movement, and Campbell deftly delivers both his natural voice and the careful tone he uses with white people. Her portrayal of Nigerian characters is gently melodic and respectful. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
A smart and tender tale. I was left with admiration for Orr's exquisite prose along with an awareness of one simple truth: sometimes it takes living in another culture to better understand your own. A beautiful book. Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Marriage
An original and important novel certain to take its place in American literature on race. The narrative unfolds with urgency and power, in graceful prose rich in sensuous detail. [Orr’s] finest work to date. Angela Davis-Gardner, author of Plum Wine
Orr brings the South and Nigeria together in a manner that illuminates the richness and privations of both cultures. As ever, her writing is lush and sensuous. This poignant and triumphant story shows two Americans emerging in a complex time from their own sorrow and displacement to take on political unrest and the turmoils of love. Peggy Payne, author of Sister India
A blistering story told by a gifted writer. From the moment I began this compelling novel, it followed me around; the riveting plot and real-life characters would not let me go. Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August
“A novel of great humanity…Conceived with compassion and rendered with grace, it scores a triumph for its author and a blessing for her readers.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Orr offers beautifully wrought lesson about America’s troubled race relations and what it means to follow one’s conscience.” Greensboro News & Record

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Author

Author Bio: Elaine Neil Orr

Author Bio: Elaine Neil Orr

Elaine Neil Orr is the author of Swimming between Worlds, A Different Sun, two scholarly books, and the memoir Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life. She is a professor of English at North Carolina State University and also serves on the faculty of the brief-residency MFA in writing program at Spalding University. She has been a featured speaker and writer-in-residence at numerous universities and conferences and is a frequent fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was born in Nigeria.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English