By Mary Miller
Narrated by various narrators, Andi Arndt, Janis Ian, Mary Gauthier, Telisha Williams, Amy Speace, Louise Mosrie & Mary Miller / 4 hours 20 minutes
A short story collection full of powerful prose andremarkably genuine characters from the author of The Last Days of California
The collection of stories, produced by AndiArndt, is performed by the author along with a stunning cast of Nashvillestars, including Janis Ian, Mary Gauthier, Telisha Williams, Amy Speace, andLouise Mosrie.
The characters in Mary Miller’s debut short story collection,Big World, are at once autonomous andlonesome, possessing both a longing to connect with those around them and acynicism regarding their ability to do so, whether they’re holed up in a motelroom in Pigeon Forge with an air-gun-shooting boyfriend, as in “FastTrains,” or navigating the rooms of their house with their dad after theirmother’s death as in “Leak.” Mary Miller’s writing isunapologetically honest and efficient, and the gut-wrenching directness of herprose is reminiscent of Mary Gaitskill and Courtney Eldridge, if Gaitskill’sand Eldridge’s stories were set in the South and reeked of spilled beer andcigarette smoke.