Heaven Adjacent

Genre: Womens Fiction

Heaven Adjacent

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a bittersweet novel about healing old wounds and finding a new place to call home… Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return. In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay. Roseanna and the young girl begin sculpting junk found around the farm into zoo animals, drawing more newcomers—including her estranged son, Lance. He pleads with Roseanna to return to the city, but she’s finally discovered where she belongs. It may not provide the solitude she originally sought, but her heart has found room for much more.

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Run time: 10 hours
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Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde

Biography:
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, <i>Pay It Forward</i>, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels <i>Becoming Chloe</i> and <i>Jumpstart the World</i> were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; <i>Jumpstart the World</i> was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. <i>The Language of Hoofbeats</i> won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the <i>Antioch Review</i>, <i>Michigan Quarterly Review</i>, the <i>Virginia Quarterly Review</i>, <i>Ploughshares</i>, <i>Glimmer Train</i>, and the <i>Sun</i>, and in the anthologies <i>Santa Barbara Stories</i> and <i>California Shorts</i>, as well as the bestselling anthology <i>Dog Is My Co-Pilot</i>. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for <i>Best American Short Stories</i>, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in <i>Best American Short Stories</i>.</p><p>Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.
Narrator
Laural Merlington

Biography:
Laural Merlington has performed professionally as an actor for over 30 years in regional theaters around the country. She has taught several college classes in acting, and in her spare time she is a director for local community and professional theaters. Laural has done extensive voiceover work for television and radio in addition to narrating and directing many audiobooks.

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