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Mouthful of Birds (Digital Audiobook)


By Samanta Schweblin, Various (Narrator)

Publication Date: January 7, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/7/2020)
Hardcover (1/8/2019)

Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List

“All the discomfort conjured by the title of this collection of short stories precisely describes the sensation of reading it. The stories are not for the faint of heart: humorous and fanciful at times, but bloody, bizarre, and cringeworthy throughout. These dark, clever tales leave the reader unsettled, but never unsatisfied.”
— Karen Rasure, The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO
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A powerful, eerily unsettling story collection from a major international literary star.

Unearthly and unexpected, the stories in Mouthful of Birds burrow their way into your psyche and don't let go. Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary, masterful collection.

Schweblin's stories have the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark take on huge implications, leaving your pulse racing, and the line between the real and the strange blur.

Audiobook table of contents:
Headlights, read by Erin Bennett
 Preserves, read by Allyson Ryan
 Butterflies, read by Mark Bramhall
 Mouthful of Birds, read by Kaleo Griffith
 Santa Claus Sleeps at Our House, read by Kirby Heyborne
 The Digger, read by Rob Shapiro
 Irman, read by Mark Deakins
The Test, read by Fred Sanders
 Toward Happy Civilization, read by Mark Bramhall
 Olingiris, read by Erin Bennett
 My Brother Walter, read by Arthur Morey
 The Merman, read by Hillary Huber
 Rage of Pestilence, read by Paul Boehmer
 Heads Against Concrete, read by Robbie Daymond
 The Size of Things, read by Fred Sanders
 Underground, read by Ray Porter
 Slowing Down, read by Danny Campbell
 On the Steppe, read by Cassandra Campbell
 A Great Effort, read by  John H. Mayer
 The Heavy Suitcase of Benavides, read by Josh Horowitz

About the Author

SAMANTHA SCHWEBLIN is the author of the Man Booker International shortlisted novel Fever Dream. She was chosen as one of the 22 best writers in Spanish under the age of 35 by Granta and is on the Bogota39-2017 list. She is also the author of three story collections that have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Juan Rulfo Story Prize. Her work has been translated into 20 languages. Originally from Buenos Aires, she lives in Berlin.

MEGAN MCDOWELL has translated books by many contemporary South American and Spanish authors, and her translations have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Words Without Borders, and Vice, among other publications. She lives in Chile.