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Guests on Earth [compact Disc]

A Novel

By Lee Smith, 1944-

When she is thirteen years old, Evalina Toussaint, the orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans, is admitted as a mental patient to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936, and the hospital, under the direction of celebrity psychiatrist Robert S. Carroll, is famous for its up-to-the-minute shock therapies and for Dr. Carroll’s revolutionary theory of the benefits of nonintrospection.

Evalina finds herself in the midst of a kaleidoscope of characters, including the estranged wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her role as accompanist for all theatricals and programs at the hospital gives her privileged insight into the events that transpire over the twelve years leading up to a tragic 1948 fire—its mystery unsolved to this day—that killed nine women in a locked ward on the top floor, including Zelda.

In Evalina Toussaint, Lee Smith has a created a narrator whose story is one of unstoppable and defiant introspection. At the risk of Dr. Carroll’s ire and at all costs, Evalina listens, observes, delves, pursues, accompanies, remembers—and tells us everything. This is her wildly prescient story about a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, fact and fiction are luminously intertwined.

Format

Audio Books

Availability

1 available at Main (Downtown)
  • CD F Smith [9 DISC], Book on CD Fiction
1 available at Cooper (Forest Acres)
  • CD F Smith [9 DISC], Book on CD Fiction
1 available at Sandhills
  • CD F Smith [9 DISC], Book on CD Fiction

Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781622312368


Format: Audio Books
Author: Smith, Lee, 1944-
Summary: When she is thirteen years old, Evalina, the orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans, is admitted as a mental patient to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936 and Evalina finds herself in the midst of characters, including the estranged wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her role as accompanist for all theatricals and programs at the hospital gives her privileged insight into the events that transpire over the twelve years leading up to a tragic 1948 fire.
Title: Guests on Earth [compact disc] : a novel / Lee Smith.
Publisher Date: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, [2013]
Subject: Orphans -- Fiction Teenage girls -- Fiction Pianists -- Fiction Psychiatric hospitals -- Fiction Asheville (N.C.) -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781622312368
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: F Smith
Oclc: 832287337
Upc: 9781622312368
Bib Id: 458436

Format: Audio Books
Author: Smith, Lee, 1944-
Summary: When she is thirteen years old, Evalina, the orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans, is admitted as a mental patient to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936 and Evalina finds herself in the midst of characters, including the estranged wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her role as accompanist for all theatricals and programs at the hospital gives her privileged insight into the events that transpire over the twelve years leading up to a tragic 1948 fire.
Title: Guests on Earth [compact disc] : a novel / Lee Smith.
Edition: Unabridged.
Publisher, Date: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, [2013]
Description: 9 sound discs (675 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: Orphans -- Fiction
Subjects: Teenage girls -- Fiction
Subjects: Pianists -- Fiction
Subjects: Psychiatric hospitals -- Fiction
Subjects: Asheville (N.C.) -- Fiction.
Genre: Audiobooks
Genre: Historical fiction.
Other Author: Zeller, Emily Woo
Notes: Title from web page.
Notes: Compact disc.
Notes: Duration: 11:15:00.
Notes: Read by Emily Woo Zeller.
ISBN: 9781622312368
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 4
Medium: [compact disc] :
Call Number: F Smith