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Publisher's Summary

Leonard, The Glister's 15-year-old narrator, lives in the decaying coastal community of Innertown. Every year or so, a boy from Leonard's school disappears, vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Nobody knows where these boys go or whether they are alive or dead, and without evidence to the contrary, the authorities claim they are simply runaways. The local children want to know the truth, and Leonard takes refuge in the poisoned ruins of the plant, where he renews his friendship with an itinerant ecologist known as Moth Man to discover a shocking truth.
©2008 John Burnside (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"One of the most original and exhilarating reads of the year...an exceptionally rich treasure." ( Guardian)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Tracy L. Walters on 04-30-12

I can honestly say that this is the first book....

....to ever cause me to struggle to find the words to describe my thoughts about it. I have thought about it throughout the past few days and I am still at an impasse. I loved the book when it was describing things in an ethereal beautiful way and I hated the book when it would bring out the dark ugly aspects.....so putting that all together I decided to just leave it with 3 stars and realize that some things you just can't put words to....and that's okay.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Harold on 07-27-09

The Sin of Inaction--The Glister

This a dark apocalyptic novel, beautifully written and reverberating with levels of truth. The narrator's scriptural Calvinistic tone adds a dimension of enrichment possible only with the fullness of sound. "The Glister" has the solemnity and beauty of McCarthy's "The Road." It is easily among the finest audible books yet.

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