L.A. Theatre Works presents Five Short Stories by Women, a quintet of tales from some of America's most distinguished female authors.
Joyce Carol Oates' Life after High School takes us to a time in the late 1950s, to South Lebanon High School, and shows us the lives of three people at a time of self-discovery. Read by Sarah Drew.
In The Banks of the Vistula by Rebecca Lee, an ambitious student wants desperately to make her mark in a linguistics class. Read by Emily Bergl. Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, © 2013.
Never Marry a Mexican by Sandra Cisneros is the story of a woman named Clemencia who remembers her family, her parents' culture, and her affair with a married man. Read by Rita Moreno.
What do you say to someone on their deathbed? In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried by Amy Hempel addresses this question head-on, as a young woman describes her visit to a dying friend. Read by Lynn Collins.
Once Upon a Time by Nadine Gordimer is anything but a fairy tale. It's more of a dystopian fantasy - with overtones of the racial inequality in Gordimer's native South Africa. Read by Alex Kingston.
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Yes, I would listen to the stories again because I feel that there are many nuances that are hard to pick up on the first listen.
Five different authors and totally different stories gave me an opportunity to sample other genres.
Better readers would have helped a bit, but I found all of the stories extremely boring. I couldn't wait til it was finished.
- Deborah Reback