North American Lake Monsters

  • by Nathan Ballingrud
  • Narrated by Travis Young
  • 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this striking and bleak, yet luminous debut collection, Nathan Ballingrud, winner of the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award, uses the trappings of the Gothic and the uncanny to investigate a distinctly American landscape: The loneliest and darkest corners of contemporary life.
Ballingrud’s stories are love stories. They’re also monster stories. Sometimes the monsters collected here are vampires or werewolves. Sometimes they wear the faces of parents, lovers, brothers, or ex-wives, and sometimes they wear the faces we see in our mirrors. The people in these stories - ex-cons, single parents, unemployed laborers, kids seduced by extremism - are stranded by life, driven to desperate acts by love and a longing for connection. Sometimes they’re ruined; sometimes redeemed. They are always recognizably, wonderfully, and terrifyingly human. Even at their most monstrous.

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Customer Reviews

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disappointing

it was a hard book to get through. The stories seemed good well written and all that but every story has a poor ending. It was not at all what i expected.
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- duck

A dark and realistic read.

very dark. the author
knows human hardship first hand. however endings to anticlimactic for me.
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- travis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios