On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon

  • by Kaye Gibbons
  • Narrated by Polly Holliday
  • 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like America in the mid-nineteenth century, Emma Garnet Tate is a woman at war with herself. Born to privilege on a James River plantation, she grows up increasingly aware that her family's prosperity is inextricably linked to the institution of slavery. She secedes from the control of her overbearing father to marry Quincy Lowell, a distinguished Boston man, and when war destroys the happy home they have created, Emma Garnet works alongside Quincy in the treatment of wounded soldiers. As she assists him, she comes to see the war as a "conflict perpetrated by rich men and fought by poor boys against hungry women and babies." After Appomattox, Emma Garnet sets out to take the exhausted Quincy home to Boston, where she begins the journey of her own reconstruction.

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One of my favorite audiobooks of all time!

I listened to this book a few years ago after taking it out of the library to entertain myself on a long drive.

I've probably listened to hundreds of library audio books and this is one of my all time favorites. It is the first book I looked for when I joined Audible.

The story is very good with characters you can care about; ones you love and hate in equal measure.

The narration is fantastic and adds a wonderful flavor to this Southern mystery.

Highly recommended.
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- Lenne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2000
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio