Black River

8 CDs. 8:31 hrs. Tantor. 2015. ISBN 9781494508487. $37.99. 1 MP3-CD. F
OrangeReviewStarHulse's evocative debut novel is a modern Western about a wounded, retired prison guard from a small Montana town. He returns to mourn and scatter his late wife's ashes but ends up rekindling a fraught relationship with his stepson, attending the hearing of an inmate that tortured him long ago, and mentoring a misfit youth who shares his passion for bluegrass fiddle. The powerful story unfurls in braided flashbacks that evoke mourning, longing, and bittersweet healing. Narrator George Newbern performs the laconic but well-wrought characters with deserving aplomb.
VERDICT All listeners—particularly those with an interest in music, Montana, or men in mourning—will enjoy this audiobook. ["Bound to turn readers' hearts inside out and leave them yearning for some sweet, mournful fiddle music": LJ 9/1/14 starred review of the Houghton Harcourt hc.]
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