At Home in Mitford

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jan Karon
Narrator: John McDonough
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: July 2002
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 19 hours, 15 minutes
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Overview

Jan Karon left an award-winning career in advertising to settle in a peaceful village in North Carolina. There, she began writing about a small fictional town not unlike her new home. At Home in Mitford captures all the wonderful characters, special moments, and unhurried charm of life in a place many would move to if it were really on the map. When gentle, middle-aged Father Tim first arrives at the rectory, he longs only for a personal and spiritual routine. But an enormous black dog responding only to scriptural commands adopts him; he acquires an outspoken young boy; and an attractive, artistic neighbor stirs up frisky feelings in his heart. Soon Father Tim is no longer a stranger. He is part of the colorful landscape of people who have both tales to tell and secrets to keep. The themes of At Home in Mitford are familiar ones: love and faith, courage and sacrifice, but through Father Tim's eyes, the townspeople and the challenges they face become new again. Mitford becomes a celebration of the strength and good humor of the human spirit.

Author Details

Author Details

Karon, Jan

"Jan Karon was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1937 (""A great year for the Packard automobile,"" she says). Her creative skills first came alive when her family moved to a farm. ""On the farm there is time to muse and dream,"" she says. ""I am endlessly grateful I was reared in the country. As a young girl I couldn't wait to get off that farm, to go to Hollywood or New York. But living in those confined, bucolic circumstances was one of the best things that ever happened to me.""

Jan knew that she wanted to be a writer, and even wrote a novel at the age of ten. Her first real opportunity as a writer came at age eighteen when she took a job as a receptionist at an ad agency. She kept leaving her writing on her boss's desk until he noticed her ability. Soon she was launched on a forty-year career in advertising. She won assignments in New York and San Francisco, numerous awards, and finally an executive position with a national agency.

Recently she left advertising to write books, and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, a tiny town of 1,800 perched at 5,000 feet in the Blue Ridge mountains.

""I immediately responded to the culture of village life,"" says Jan. ""And I must say the people welcomed me. I have never felt so at home.""

Blowing Rock is the model for Mitford, and the similarities are strong. ""None of the people in Mitford are actually based upon anyone in Blowing Rock,"" says Jan. ""Yet, the spirit of my characters is found throughout this real-life village. You can walk into Sonny's Grill in Blowing Rock and find the same kind of guys who hang around Mitford's Main Street Grill.""

Jan is quick to assert that there are Mitfords all over the country, those hundreds of towns where readers of Jan's books cherish their own cast of eccentric and beloved characters.

Jan has a daughter, Candace Freeland, who is a photojournalist and musician."