Girls of Tender Age
- Narrated by: Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
- Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-12-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Smith's household was "different". Little Mary-Ann couldn't have friends over because her older brother, Tyler, an autistic before anyone knew what that meant, was unable to bear noise of any kind. To him, the sound of crying, laughing, phones ringing, or toilets flushing was "a cloud of barbed needles" flying into his face. Subject to such an assault, he would substitute that pain with another: he'd try to chew his arm off. Tyler was Mary-Ann's real-life Boo Radley, albeit one whose bookshelves sagged under the weight of the World War II books he collected and read obsessively.
Hanging over this rough-and-tumble American childhood is the sinister shadow of an approaching serial killer. The menacing Bob Malm lurks throughout this joyous and chaotic family portrait, and the havoc he unleashes when the paths of innocence and evil cross one early December evening in 1953 forever alters the landscape of Smith's childhood.
"The engrossing text makes clear that evil can never be charted accurately enough." (Booklist)
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By claudiajoyce on 05-02-18
Book superb, Audible app - not working for me
This is one of the most compelling books I've "read" in a long time. It pulls at you directly from the heart of all young - or once young - girls.
Unfortunately my Audible app is less than operative. I have a late model car, and an uptodate IOS device. Audible was my choice for drive/listening. It doesn't sync with my Bluetooth, and the book doesn't sync when picked up in intervals.
Technical support was lacking.
Get the book - try another app for auto drive
By Gary on 03-18-17
Subtly moving, quietly humorous and wonderful.
I first listened to this book a few years ago, and it stayed with me , coming back to me whenever I saw or read or listened to a piece with similar themes. I just finished (the loving and hilarious and highly recommended) Tara Clancy's The Clancy's of Queens, and ran right back to Mary-Ann for another listen.
I just love Audible. Such wonders, sitting right on my phone, available to me instantly! Life is good!