Pulling Down the Barn

  • by Anne-Marie Oomen
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • 5 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pulling Down the Barn eloquently recalls author Anne-Marie Oomen's personal journey as she discovers herself an outsider on her family farm located in western Michigan's Oceana County, in the township of Elbridge - a couple hundred acres in the middle of rural America. Written as a series of heartfelt interlocking narratives, this collection of essays portrays the realities of farm life: haying, picking asparagus and cherries, the machinery of tractors and pickers; but each chapter also touches upon the more ethereal and rarely articulated: the stoic love that permeates a family, the farmer's struggle with identity, and the way land can shape a childhood. With its rich language and style, Pulling Down the Barn engrosses the listener in Oomen's memories - setting beauty and wonder against work and loss - and paints a poignant portrait of growing up in rural Michigan.
Winner of the Michigan Notable Book Awards. The book is published by Wayne State University Press.


What the Critics Say

"Anne-Marie Oomen has written a perfect gem of a book: deceptively quiet, delicately structured, but with the enduring force, strength, and brilliance of a diamond." (A. Manette Ansay, author of Limbo and Vinegar Hill)
"Pulling Down the Barn is a vivid and magical work." (Barbara Hurd, author of Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark)
"Pulling Down the Barn is a wonderfully lyrical and evocative memoir." (Michael Steinberg, founding editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction and author of Still Pitching: A Memoir)


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Pulling Down the Barn

Many interwoven short stories about growing up on a Michigan farm. The overall premise is good, but the tales sometimes ramble.

The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.

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- April H.

Rich use of language sets this apart

If you could sum up Pulling Down the Barn in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, beautiful hardships

What other book might you compare Pulling Down the Barn to and why?

Little House on the Prairie but more modern (and better writing)

Which scene was your favorite?

Describing how her mother interrupts stories and figuring out why.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The anguish of The Tractor.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book and may re-listen again very soon. The narrator took some time getting use to (a bit slow and too careful with diction) but warmed up especially toward the end.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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- josie "Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2015
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks