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There Are Flowers in Ohio

By: Rumaan Alam
Narrated by: Michael Crouch,Allison Hiroto,Suzanne Toren
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Leave the World Behind comes an evocative short story about love, self-perception, and a family in transition.

Alice Comstock has always been a dutiful wife and an attentive mother, a perfectionist presiding over a flawless home. She’s reliably been her family’s center, the caretaker and problem-solver, until an illness requires her children to assume responsibility for their mother. For Adam, Alice’s youngest, a return home to California sparks a memory of his younger self. Alternating between the present and flashbacks to Adam’s college years, "There Are Flowers in Ohio" explores how the paths not taken shape all of our lives.   

©2022 Rumaan Alam (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Rumaan Alam is the author of the novels Rich and Pretty, That Kind of Mother, and Leave the World Behind. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Bookforum, and The New Republic. He studied writing at Oberlin College and lives in New York with his family.

About the Performer

Michael Crouch is a New York City-based actor specializing in voiceover. His audiobook narration has earned Audie Awards, multiple Earphones Awards, YALSA and ALSC honors, and Best of the Year listings from Audible, Booklist, Slate, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and AudioFile. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, industrials, and the animé series Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon.

About the Performer

Allison Hiroto is an actor, musician, and voice over artist. Her voice over work ranges from commercials to audiobooks, and she is an AudioFile Earphone Award winner and Audie nominee. As an actor, Allison is a member of La MaMa’s Great Jones Repertory Company, Loco 7 Dance Puppet Theatre, Yara Arts Group, and NYU's First Look Theatre Company. She has performed all over the world including London, Taipei, Toronto, Bogota, Zagreb, and the Venice Biennale. Allison is also a grant recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Creative Engagement award.

About the Performer

Suzanne Toren has appeared on and off Broadway, and in regional theatres throughout the country, in works by well-known playwrights (from Shakespeare and Moliere to Arthur Miller and Neil Simon), as well as new ones.
Broadway: Goodbye, Fidel (starring Jane Alexander). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse ( Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities), Philadelphia Drama Guild ( A View from the Bridge), Pennsylvania Stage Company ( Brighton Beach Memoirs), Syracuse Stage ( The Seagull). Off-Broadway: Westside Arts ( A Shayna Maidel, From Door to Door),Castillo Theatre ( Yiddish Death of a Salesman); Stock: Fiddler on the Roof ; TV: Law and Order.
Most recently, she was seen in NY in Fast Food Voices, a site- specific production, where she played 3 roles: a lonely elderly New Yorker, a neurotic Southern belle, and a disgruntled Hispanic housemaid.
In addition, she is a multi-award-winning narrator (including, several times, "Narrator of the Year") of around 1000 audio books, for all major publishers. She was honored with a "Golden Voice" award from Audiofile Magazine, for "career achievements and invaluable contributions to the world of audiobooks."

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Ugh, such a waste of time

I thought this was gonna be a quick little escape and I kept waiting on it to become interesting but it’s not! I can’t believe this even got published much less acted into an original. Don’t waste your time. I want some happy gay stories. Being gay isn’t all doom and gloom or drag shows! Please stop putting us in those two boxes! It’s either the closet or you’re in a dress, there is no in between. I recommend bringing more gay people into the board room. We need a seat at the table and be able to speak up. Not just be happy we are being represented but be represented on spectrum, and not a sexuality spectrum, but most gay people live normal lives and it’s time we start to see that represented in our media. I’ve seen better representation in ads on the internet and on television than what was provided in this! This is terrible and your gonna be left feeling sad, and not the good kind of sad, not the cathartic kind of sad, just sad, if you listen to this.

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Thinly veiled gay fantasy

There wasn’t much point to this story other than the gay romance. It was the only part the author emotionally described. All in all very Ho Hum.

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Unexpected ending

I loved this short story because I’m not often surprised. This wasn’t a crazy OMG ending but one that kind of eats at your soul slowly and unexpectedly. The feeling you get when you thought you could trust someone and they betray you …
Really enjoyed the story and the narration by Both parties was very good.

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They are flowers in Ohio

Somewhere in the middle if you’re listening close enough you get the understanding about the sun and his friend way before is actually formed where the reader could understand what’s going on I applaud it and sorry I did not work out but at the same time I knew that’s the way was going to go I had a feeling about his mother knowing what was going on with listening to again recommend for others

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Intriguing

Well written captivating story with interesting characters. Curious how the story would end. Surprise ending.

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The performance or the writing was not clear. The subject was uncomfortable. I didn’t appreciate it. My opinion.

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Bittersweet look back to another time

The first thing that stands out is how skillfully the author weaves the present and past of the story in order to tell a forbidden love story time has forgotten. Each word is perfectly placed to define the decades passing by, the development of the characters, and the large scale of emotions experienced.

Narration is very good too

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not bad

I can't argue that Alam isn't a good writer because he absolutely is, but his descriptions feel a bit too wordy for my personal taste and this one felt like it ended too suddenly. I know its just a short story, but it feels like it could've used just a bit more. still hits a bit in the heart, though.

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Sad, Sweet and Sad.

I can't think of anything that disgusts me more than a parent who would sacrifice their child's happiness and right to live their way in the name of IMAGE!!

ITS INFURIATING!!

This story was absolutely beautiful up until the last couple of sentences and then I got MAD.

Not a reflection of the author, I give it 5 stars!

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Spare and poignant

Vignettes of a first love, a family, a coming of age, aging and transitions. Spare and poignant. Lovely language. Some will wish for more closure, but it invites one to fill in blanks with personal comparisons and revelation.