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Publisher's Summary

A sharp, haunting story about identity, connection, and trust built and broken, Townie is a spellbinding listen by the critically acclaimed author of If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi.

Townie is a brief yet dramatic glimpse at a blossoming friendship between two young women in a small college town - Amal, a transplant from LA, and Bridgette, a local 20-something who feels lost in her own life and becomes enamored with her new friend’s confidence. At first, the new relationship is intoxicating, and the two women spend every spare minute getting drunk on cheap liquor, party-hopping, and binging reality TV. But soon, a secret is revealed that shifts the dynamic, and Bridgette makes a choice she can never take back.

Please note: This audio contains strong language and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised.

©2021 Neel Patel (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Neel Patel is the author of the story collection If You See Me, Don't Say Hi and the forthcoming novel Tell Me How to Be. His writing has appeared in Elle India, The Paris Review, Buzzfeed, and more. He lives in Los Angeles, where he writes for television and film.

About the Performer

Alexandra Grey is an actress, musician, writer, and activist. She recently starred as Parker Phillips on the CBS action/adventure series MacGyver, and portrayed Lucy Hicks Anderson in the HBO Max docuseries Equal. Other notable roles include playing Elizah Parks on the hit Amazon series Transparent and superstar singer Melody Barnes on the Fox musical drama series Empire, for which she also released several singles (Hollywood Records). Grey has also guest-starred on shows such as Angel of Darkness, How to Get Away with Murder, Drunk History, and the critically acclaimed ABC miniseries When We Rise, directed by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black. Grey plays the title role in the upcoming feature film Gossamer Folds (Paperclip Ltd).
As a proud trans woman of color, Grey continues to use her platform to blaze a trail for her community. She appeared on the February 2021 cover of Out Magazine, and has been featured in articles in publications such as Variety, Deadline, and Forbes

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Excellent story and narration!

I wasn't expecting such a complete story in 38 minutes but that is definitely what was achieved. There is a little mystery developing as we get to know the two main characters and then there is an ending you can't possibly see coming. It was excellent storytelling!

This was my first listen with this narrator but she delivered the story so well that my goal is to experience her again and often.

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No justice

A really sad story about a woman who was beaten within an inch of her life. The cis woman didn't even end up feeling bad or owing up to her wrong-doing. Goes to show how hard it is to be trans in America. No justice exists for the violence against trans people, either within this book or in the real world.

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Awesome story, thought provoking

I listened on a win and am grateful that I did. Wonderfully written. The author is more like a poet. thank you

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Great listen

As a young man I didn’t think I would like this story. But had 40 minutes to spare so have it a try. It was amazing and I don’t regret my decision.

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A bit classist and misogynistic

It disgusts me when women are blamed for male violence. It’s also gross that the insane reaction of the men was portrayed as somehow justified or predictable. Black men are the biggest threat to the lives of Black trans women. Nothing a cis woman says or does is responsible for that violence.

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that's messed up!

The narrator was great! This is not what I normally will listen to but tried it.
Story was nice and short and right to the point but what she did was messed up! I recommend that you listen to this. I will definitely recommend this.

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Definitely a short story.

I would’ve like to have heard more.
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It was explained rather well even though it was short.

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Multifaceted

Powerful story about friendships, secrets, betrayal, jealousy, hurts and lies. Well written and well read. No spoilers in this review. Short story that will have a long impact. The cast of characters reflect the author’s knowledge of Middle Eastern people. Appreciate that the excellent narrator didn’t try to imitate their accents.

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Wow

That was not at all the ending I was expecting. It was so shocking. I liked the story overall but was really thrown off by the end.

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Bridget Needs Her Ass Beat. 💁🏿‍♀️

This story also needs a clearer and more specific trigger warning; I know doing so may give the impression of “spoiling” the story, but I imagine this could be incredibly triggering for certain people who resonate with the characters in this story, especially if they come across its developments unexpectedly.

In terms of the story itself I think it’s incredibly impressive. I do think it could be problematic for the average reader who only came to this for leisure; however, on an academic level weaves together a complexity of dynamics that could prove REALLY useful to tease out in a gender studies class or reading club. The writing and narration are both well done; would definitely recommend for the critical reader!