Love in a Dry Season
Shelby Foote

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Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Duration: 8 hours and 14 minutes

What to expect

Shelby Foote’s magnificently orchestrated novel anticipates much of the subject matter of his monumental Civil War trilogy, rendering the clash between North and South with a violence all the more shocking for its intimacy. Love in a Dry Season describes an erotic and economic triangle, in which two wealthy and fantastically unhappy Mississippi families—the Barcrofts and the Carrutherses—are joined by an open-faced fortune hunter from the North, a man whose ruthlessness is matched only by his inability to understand the people he tries to exploit and his fatal incomprehension of the passions he so casually ignites. Combining a flawless sense of place with a Faulknerian command of the grotesque, Foote’s novel turns a small cotton town into a sexual battleground as fatal as Vicksburg or Shiloh—and one where strategy is no match for instinct and tradition.


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“Shelby Foote ably fashions a drama as modern as today’s newspaper, as old as Mosaic law.”

New York Times

“A fascinating drama...the atmosphere is superbly managed; and on every score, this is a first-rate job of story-telling.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“With impeccable detail, Foote delves into the moral decay of the American moneyed class. [Grover Gardner’s] performance lends an amused presence to Foote’s scenario. [Gardner] precisely captures Jeff and Amy’s pretense of virtue, the Major’s disdain for those he considers below him, and the fading values of the next and future generations.”


“Shrewdly contrived and skillfully executed.”