We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The School on Heart's Content Road Audiobook

The School on Heart's Content Road

Regular Price:$17.47
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The School on Heart's Content Road spirals out from the story of Mickey Gammon, a disaffected 15-year-old dropout who has been evicted from his home by his overwrought half-brother. With the help of his new friend, Rex York, the captain of the local militia, Mickey is introduced to the secretive world of the Settlement.

Run by a man known to many as "The Prophet", the Settlement is a rural cooperative in alternative energy, farm produce, and locally made goods. Falsely demonized by the media as a compound of sin, the Settlement's true nature remains foreign to outsiders.

It is at the Settlement where Mickey's life collides with that of another deserted child, six-year-old Jane - a cunning, beautiful girl of mixed race, whose mother is in jail on trumped-up drug charges. "Secret Agent" Jane prowls the Settlement in her heart-shaped sunglasses, imagining that her childish plans to bring down the community will reunite her with her mother.

As they struggle to adjust to their new, complex surrogate family, Mickey and Jane witness the mounting unrest within the Settlement's ranks, which soon builds to a shocking and devastating crescendo.

Vehement and poetic, The School on Heart's Content Road questions the nature of family, struggle, and authority in an intensely diverse nation. It is an urgent plea for the disenfranchised who, though disregarded and shoved to the fringes of society, refuse to be silenced.

©2008 Carolyn Chute; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Chute...has an undeniable talent for depicting humanity at its most impassioned and impoverished." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

2.9 (10 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
1.8 (4 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (3)
Story
3.0 (3 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sara 01-29-14
    Sara 01-29-14

    Avid Reader

    HELPFUL VOTES
    8535
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    365
    313
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    410
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Rural western Maine experienced"
    Any additional comments?

    This book grabbed my attention and the characters held on until the last word. The whole story seemed so foreign to me and I spend a great deal of time in coastal Maine, that it was almost unnerving. Haunting, beautifully written, lonely and surprisingly sad and almost futile at times. I left the book feeling that while I might not agree with or understand the author's world --I fully experienced it through her writing.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.