Say Her Name (MP3 CD)

By Francisco Goldman, Robert Fass (Narrated by)

Tantor Media Inc, 9781452652061

Publication Date: May 4, 2011

April 2011 Indie Next List

“Remembering is sometimes like 'juggling a hundred thousand crystal balls all at once, trying to keep all these memories going,' writes Francesco Goldman in this autobiographical work. This beautifully written book is, at the same time, an elegant, elegiac novel, a brutal and honest memoir, and the longest and most tender love letter in the world. Say her Name is a gift of love for the author's beautiful young wife, Aura Estrada, who died after an accident in the waves at Mezunte beach in Mexico. Aura's absence is deeply felt throughout the whole book, and the last pages of will take your breath away.”
— Aggie Zivaljevic, Kepler's Books & Magazines, Belmont, CA
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Summer 2012 Reading Group

“Remembering is sometimes like 'juggling a hundred thousand crystal balls all at once, trying to keep all these memories going,' writes Francisco Goldman in this autobiographical work. This beautifully written book is, at the same time, an elegant and elegiac novel, a brutal and honest memoir, and the longest and most tender love letter in the world. Say Her Name is a gift of love for the author's beautiful young wife, Aura Estrada, who died after an accident in the waves at Mezunte beach in Mexico. Aura's absence is deeply felt throughout the whole book, and the last pages will take your breath away.”
— Aggie Zivaljevic, Kepler's Books & Magazine, Menlo Park, CA
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Description

Celebrated novelist Francisco Goldman married a beautiful young writer named Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda in the summer of 2005. The month before their second anniversary, during a long-awaited holiday, Aura broke her neck while body-surfing. Francisco, blamed for Aura's death by her family and blaming himself, wanted to die, too. But instead he wrote Say Her Name, a novel chronicling his great love and unspeakable loss, tracking the stages of grief when pure love gives way to bottomless pain. Suddenly a widower, Goldman collects everything he can about his wife, hungry to keep Aura alive with every memory. From her childhood and university days in Mexico City with her fiercely devoted mother to her studies at Columbia University, through their newlywed years in New York City and travels to Mexico and Europe--and always through the prism of her gifted writings--Goldman seeks her essence and grieves her loss. Humor leavens the pain as he lives through the madness of utter grief and creates a living portrait of a love as joyous and playful as it is deep and profound. Say Her Name is a love story, a bold inquiry into destiny and accountability, and a tribute to Aura, who she was and who she would have been.


About the Author

Francisco Goldman is a professor of English at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and the acclaimed author of several books, including "Say Her Name," "The Long Night of White Chickens," and "The Ordinary Seaman."

Winner of the prestigious Audie Award for his recording of "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic" by Gordon S. Wood, veteran actor Robert Fass is a multiple Audie Award nominee with over eighty audiobooks to his credit. He has also earned multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Francisco Goldman's novel "Say Her Name."


Praise For Say Her Name

"Out of crushing loss and despair, Goldman has forged a radiant and transcendent masterpiece." ---Booklist Starred Review

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