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Who are the people you’ll never forget? For Mary Murphy, there are five, eulogized here in an utterly unforgettable voice. Mary tells the story of her own life - her childhood spent trading one home and father figure for another, her efforts to track down her rebellious sister, and her winding search for purpose - through her experiences and encounters with the people who shaped her path. The result is an unconventional and moving story about identity, family, and belonging.

©2010 Christie Hodgen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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foul language detracted from the story

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If lots of cuss words don't bother you (and for many it is not an issue, I know) then you might really enjoy this book. I find a well written story stays with me long after it is done. All the more so when listening to it. That's why I stopped trying less than an hour into it. Occasional swearing is not a big deal, but just about every other sentence had a swear word-not necessary in a great story!

What could Christie Hodgen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Far fewer swear words

What three words best describe Holly Fielding’s performance?

Good, I just found the frequent use of foul language distracting.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Didn't stick with it lo ng enough. Story seemed interesting.

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  • kimberly
  • Columbia, MO, United States
  • 07-04-13

Stunning and unexpected novel.

If you could sum up Elegies for the Brokenhearted in three words, what would they be?

What a wonderful and beautifully narrated experience this was for me. The story completely engrossing, the characters vivid and unforgettable and the narration was superb! Do not let this one get away, worth every penny, an exceptional experience. I had the opportunity to hear this author read her work on NPR and was concerned that the narrator would be unable to do the book and author justice, but I was blown away! Amazing literary fiction!