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They Came Like Swallows

Written by: William Maxwell
Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins

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To eight-year-old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive. To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918 is ravaging their small Midwestern town. To James Morison, his wife, Elizabeth, is the center of a life that would disintegrate all too suddenly were she to disappear.

Through the eyes of these characters, William Maxwell creates a sensitive portrait of an American family and of the complex woman who is its emotional pillar. Beautifully observed, deftly rendering the civilities and constraints of a vanished era, They Came Like Swallows measures the subterranean currents of love and need that run through all our lives. The result confirms Maxwell's reputation as one of the finest writers we have.

©1937; 1964 Harper & Brothers; William Maxwell (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • 16-08-20

Touching story

Very emotional and touching story of a family from three perspectives. Very relevant for today.

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  • Matthew L. Berigan
  • 03-08-20

Memory from a pandemic past

I probably would have had a hard time completing this book in written form. It seemed disjointed at first but as the story came together and the people and place became more familiar it captured my interest. I wonder if there were other stories woven out if that pandemic and if there might be stories to relate our current pandemic to future generations.