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The Cutting Season Audiobook

The Cutting Season: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In Black Water Rising, Attica Locke delivered one of the most stunning and sure-handed fiction debuts in recent memory, garnering effusive critical praise, several award nominations, and passionate reader response. Now Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a riveting thriller that intertwines two murders separated across more than a century.

Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.

As the investigation gets under way, the list of suspects grows. But when fresh evidence comes to light and the sheriff's department zeros in on a person of interest, Caren has a bad feeling that the police are chasing the wrong leads. Putting herself at risk, she ventures into dangerous territory as she unearths startling new facts about a very old mystery - the long-ago disappearance of a former slave - that has unsettling ties to the current murder. In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie's history and her own, Caren discovers secrets about both cases - ones that an increasingly desperate killer will stop at nothing to keep buried.

Taut, hauntingly resonant, and beautifully written, The Cutting Season is at once a thoughtful meditation on how America reckons its past with its future, and a high-octane pause resister that unfolds with tremendous skill and vision. With her rare gift for depicting human nature in all its complexities, Attica Locke demonstrates once again that she is "destined for literary stardom" (Dallas Morning News).

©2012 Attica Locke (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    RITU 10-08-12
    RITU 10-08-12

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    Complex plot and characters. Part mystery part social commentary on race relations in the American south. Tight story (until the very end when it stretches the imagination). Excellent narrator.

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    Skydancer 11-20-16
    Skydancer 11-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "loved it!"

    Great murder mystery weaving a past into a present murder, setting to rights a terrible, historical wrong done to past slave family. A story that very well could have been many a family in post civil war times...

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    Sally Webster 11-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "two deals in one"

    Absolutely fantastic. I loved the narrator. Very soothing . I love everything about southern historical settings. This is my first book by attica locke, but not my last. This is my first review out of hundreds .. I am a very picky reviewer .

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    Amazon Customer 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    I thought the story line was good. very good read. really enjoyed it. very good book

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    Teresa Lyons 08-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, captures the conflict of the past and present


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity of the story.


    What does Quincy Tyler Bernstine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The passion and presence of the characters


    If you could take any character from The Cutting Season out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Donovan's Grandmother - to hear her stories of her life and dreams.


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    I was excited about this one from the description but was, especially at the end to be anticlimactic, have a non-suspenseful ending (although the meat of the story suggested it would be otherwise) & have mixed plot points that seemed out of sync. The author writes beautifully but had a weak plot here, in my opinion.

    The most frustrating part was the main character. Was she a wanna-be detective, historian, lawyer???

    The narrator can become annoying and didn't offer much voice variation.

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    Lesa 07-07-15
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    Great storyline. The narrator's voice took some getting to. Definitely worth a listen. Happy listening.

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    Michael 06-07-15
    Michael 06-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    While I loved the book, I hated the ending. Why couldn't Caren and Eric be together? What happened to Donovan after all the madness? The ending was flat. What was Caren going to do when she got to Washington?

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    Camille ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-03-15
    Camille ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I ALMOST bought this book several times..."

    I wish I hadn't hesitated. This story was a wonderful blend of mystery, love lost, culture and history. Truly a delight. The authors detailed descriptions really brought southern Louisiana to life. I also liked the narrator.

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    KP Oakland, CA 02-17-15
    KP Oakland, CA 02-17-15 Member Since 2016

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    The opening of the book was lush and held out much promise for an engrossing southern novel. However, the characters and the story didn’t live up to this beginning. I did enjoy the descriptions of a “living” plantation, Belle Vie, in this day and age. That part was fascinating. The main character, Caren, however, seemed unlikeable and I just didn’t care much about her. She makes some really stupid decisions. The relationship she has with her ex –husband just doesn’t ring true to me. In fact, all her relationships seem washed out or bland.

    In the end, the solution to the mystery just seems to pop up out of nowhere. Or did I miss something?

    Overall, I was underwhelmed.

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