Westside Books, Library Binding, 9781934813072, 213pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
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Three lives intersect unexpectedly in this unique, compelling story. First there's Will, an eighteen-year-old living alone since his mother died and his drug- and alcohol-addled brother was put in jail. Then there's Kurt, a troubled fourteen-year-old loner still reeling after the death of his mother's abusive boyfriend and his part in it. And finally there's Carrie, a middle-aged schizophrenic who "hears" the thoughts of the abused and neglected neighborhood animals she rescues and brings home. When Carrie and Kurt meet, she agrees to pay him for each "stray" cat or dog he delivers. But when her "rescuing" goes one step too far, events spiral dangerously out of control. Told from alternating viewpoints, LISTEN is the haunting story of people thrown together by fate, each struggling to come to terms with their harrowing past.
About the Author
The author and illustrator Nancy Coffelt loves dogs, and pugs are some of her favorites! She and her two dogs meet up with them on walks and in the park and, yes, have even seen them traveling down the highway in big rigs. Nancy spends her time in Portland, Oregon, having fun with her family, writing books, creating bright oil-pastel artwork for galleries, and, of course, drawing pugs.