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    • Refund: Stories

    • By: Karen E. Bender
    • Narrated by: Meredith Orlow, Carine Montbertrand, Eliza Foss, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 9

    We think about it every day, sometimes every hour: money. Who has it. Who doesn't. How you get it. How you don't. Bender uses this very powerful force to pull together a unified collection of stories that deeply explore the ways in which money and the subsequent estimation of value affect the lives of her characters.

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Selected Shorts

    • For Better and for Worse
    • By: Sherman Alexie, Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen E. Bender, and others
    • Narrated by: Keir Dullea, Joanna Gleason, Joanne Woodward, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Moving stories about married couples' powerful and complicated loves, read by actors Frances Sternhagen, Robert Sean Leonard, Keir Dullea, Joanna Gleason, Harold Gould and Joanne Woodward. A native couple's rocky college love affair lasts a lifetime in Do You Know Where I Am by Sherman Alexie. In Karen E. Bender's Eternal Love, a mother nervously chaperones her retarded daughter's honeymoon.

    Regular price: $19.60

    • The New Order

    • Stories
    • By: Karen E. Bender
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The National Book Award finalist for Refund returns with a new collection of stories that boldly examines the changes in American culture over the last two years through the increasing presence of violence, bigotry, sexual harassment, and the emotional costs of living under constant threat. In the title story, the competition between two middle school cellists is affected by a shooting at their school, and it is only years later that they realize how the intrusion of violence affected the course of their lives. 

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Like Normal People

    • By: Karen E. Bender
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Moving deftly between present and past, the novel follows Lena's day-long escape from her residential home with her troubled 12-year-old niece. While this odd couple takes refuge on a honky-tonk southern California beach, Lena's widowed mother, Ella, goes in search of them. In the process, Ella relives her own life's dreams and disappointments: her marriage to a sweet, loving shoe salesman; her discovery of Lena's handicap and her aching attempts to give her daughter a "normal" childhood.

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Town of Empty Rooms

    • By: Karen E. Bender
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    A Town of Empty Rooms presents the story of Serena and Dan Shine, estranged from one another as they separately grieve over the recent loss of Serena's father and Dan's older brother. Serena's actions cause the couple and their two small children to be banished from New York City, and they settle in the only town that will offer Dan employment: Waring, North Carolina.

    Regular price: $27.99