Selected Shorts

  • by Shirley Jackson, Frank O'Connor, Toure, Rick Moody, Grace Paley
  • Narrated by Lois Smith, Malachy McCourt, Daniel Alexander Jones, Linda Lavin, Jill Eikenberry, Robert Sean Leonard, B. D. Wong
  • 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Hilarious and colorful episodes in the lives of families, many depicted from a kid's-eye-view, are the theme for this compilation. Being part of a family is often trying, and stranger than any fiction, but never dull and always worth it in the end. Join these very different families as they face the shrinking of parents, the pre-emptive guilt of First Confession, the secret worlds of children, and more!Included are:
Shirley Jackson's Charles
Read by Lois Smith
Laurie's parents are dying to meet the most misbehaved boy in school.
Frank O'Connor's First Confession
Read by Malachy McCourt
A guilt-ridden Irish lad fears his first confession may be his last.
Toure's Solomon's Big Day: A Children's Story
Read by Daniel Alexander Jones
A little boy named Solomon escapes into the magical world of his paintings.
Grace Paley's The Loudest Voice

Read by Linda Lavin
This year's Christmas pageant stars a Jewish girl.
Diane Leslie's A Life of Crime
Read by Jill Eikenberry
Love and passion, Hollywood style, from a girl's-eye-view.
Etgar Keret's Pride and Joy
Read by Robert Sean Leonard
A young man struggles to save his shrinking parents.
Rick Moody's Boys
Read by B. D. Wong
The world of boys.


What the Critics Say

"Both stories and readings tend to excellence....This program is a nearly unalloyed pleasure." (AudioFile)