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2013 Oregon Book Award Finalist
The Listeners by Leni Zumas
In The Listeners, Quinn is thirty-something, a survivor of a fractured and eccentric childhood marred by the death of her younger sister. We meet her in the midst of a decade-long slide down the other side of punk-rock stardom after her music career was abruptly halted.
An excerpt from The Listeners
About the Author
Leni Zumas is the author of the novel The Listeners (Tin House) and the story collection Farewell Navigator(Open City). She has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Zumas teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Portland State University.
Praise for The Listeners
“Leni Zumas’s visceral debut novel is a darkly funny and disturbing rager. Weaving a dreamlike coming-of-age story with the melancholic tale of a rock band self-destructing and a family’s loss, Zumas’s deft language careens through the lives of her characters with killer sentence after killer sentence. It’s a crushing, dazzling performance.” —Kevin Sampsell, A Common Pornography
“Hypnotic and profoundly disquieting, The Listeners explores a far-out world where a patchwork of memory, sensation, and imagination maps the flickering presence of ghosts.
“Leni Zumas portrays a world twisted on its axis by loss, in all its grotesque beauty. From the first line the prose is glorious: pricklingly honest and hallucinatory, a lucid dream world realized. The Listeners marks the debut of a major American writer.” —Tin House
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