October Mourning (MP3 CD)

A Song for Matthew Shepard

By Leslea Newman, Emily Beresford (Performed by), Luke Daniels (Performed by)

Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 9781469206516

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/25/2012)
Compact Disc (3/9/2016)
MP3 CD (9/8/2015)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (9/25/2012)
MP3 CD (9/25/2012)
Compact Disc (9/25/2012)
Compact Disc (9/25/2012)

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On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die.

Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Leslea Newman, discussing her book Heather Has Two Mommies. Shaken, the author addressed the large audience that gathered, but she remained haunted by Matthew's murder.

October Mourning, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself.

More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard's life.