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Title:
Burnt Mountain
Author:
Siddons, Anne Rivers.
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Publication Information:
New York : Hachette Audio, [2011]

â„—2011
Physical Description:
8 audio discs (approximately 9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Thayer Wentworth marries an Irish professor and moves into her deceased grandmother's house in Atlanta a short distance away from the summer camp she attended as a child, where she begins to question whether her husband is the man she thought she knew.
General Note:
Unabridged.

Compact discs.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781607882497
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Audiobook on CD

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From one of our most acclaimed writers comes this dramatic tale of a well-born Southern woman whose life is forever changed by the betrayal of her mother and by the man she loves

Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp - Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak.

Years later, Thayer marries Aengus, an Irish professor, and they move into her deceased grandmother's house in Atlanta, only miles from Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain where her father died years ago in a car accident. There, Aengus and Thayer lead quiet and happy lives until Aengus is invited up to the camp to tell old Irish tales to the campers. As Aengus spends less time at home and becomes more distant, Thayer must confront dark secrets-about her mother, her first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband.


Author Notes

Novelist Anne Rivers Siddons was born in Fairburn, Georgia in 1936. She studied at Auburn University in Alabama and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

Siddons was an editor and columnist for the Auburn Plainsman, senior editor for Atlanta magazine and worked in advertising.

Her treatment of the South in her novels often earns comparisons to Margaret Mitchell. One of her books, Peachtree Road, won her Georgia author of the year honors (1988). Her novels include: Sweetwater Creek, Off Season and Burnt Mountain. In 2014 her title, The Girls of August, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Siddons' atmospheric new novel is set in the Deep South, where spirited Thayer Wentworth has grown up in the shadow of her elegant mother's disappointment. Crystal had hoped that marrying wealthy Finch Wentworth would mean she could leave the small town of Lytton behind for Atlanta's high society, but Finch's job at a boys' school his family owns keeps him tethered. Thayer is crushed when her father is killed in a car accident when she's just nine years old, and her clashes with her mother intensify. A first love at camp brings Thayer joy, but separation and a tragedy cut short the idyllic romance. Thayer goes on to fall in love with and wed an enigmatic Irish mythology professor she meets in her last semester at school, but this romance is troubled, too, when his fixation on folklore threatens to consume him. Siddons mixes in a touch of the supernatural to bring the novel to an exciting climax, but what's most appealing here is the layered family drama and the lush world Thayer inhabits. . HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A master storyteller with a remarkable track record, bestselling Siddons returns to her signature Southern setting in her newest blend of emotional realism and a sliver of magic.--Huntley, Kristin. Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestselling author Siddons combines American Southern and Irish folklore in her 12th novel (after Fault Lines) with lackluster results. Growing up around Georgia's wealthy elite, 17-year-old free spirit Thayer Wentworth finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. But a test shows that her baby is "badly... malformed" and she has an abortion. She makes a fresh start at college, where she falls for Dr. Aengus O'Neill, a gregarious but oddly childlike professor. When Thayer's favorite grandmother dies, she inherits her fairy tale-like Atlanta home and moves into it with O'Neill, now her husband. O'Neill, a famous storyteller (he's invited to speak at a nearby boy's camp) becomes so obsessed with disturbing scenes he remembers from his native Ireland that Thayer begins to think he's mad. Coincidentally enough, she's confronted with her past at the most opportune moment, showing her a clear way out. With anemic characters and many unresolved story lines, Siddons takes on too much and does too little with it. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Thayer Wentworth's life starts fairy tale-like-beloved father and grandmother, rich family, idyllic Southern childhood-until her father dies in a terrible accident on Burnt Mountain. She discovers her first love at camp and loses him owing to her mother's betrayal. She later finds solace in her Irish college professor, marrying him in spite of her mother. Thayer eventually abandons her husband on Burnt Mountain, coming full circle. Sadly, what begins as a lush Southern saga filled with family drama ends as a disjointed Celtic fable with nothing linking the two. Thayer's growing dissatisfaction with her husband feels forced, and his decline into possible lunacy an afterthought. An incongruous time line with extraneous, underdeveloped characters, incoherent foreshadowing, and several abandoned story lines leave the listener utterly confused. Kate Reading's wonderful narration, unfortunately, doesn't save the audiobook. [See Prepub Alert, 1/9/11; the Grand Central hc, published in July, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.