Listen (Library Binding)

By Nancy Coffelt

Westside Books, 9781934813072, 213pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009



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.