Sacred Time

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ursula Hegi
Narrator: Bobby Cannavale , Mercedes Ruehl , Annabella Sciorra
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: December 2003
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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The bestselling author of Stones From the River delivers her most ambitious and dramatic novel yet -- the unforgettable story of an endearing, but flawed, Italian American family.

In December 1953 Anthony Amedeo's world is nested in his Bronx neighborhood, his parent's Studebaker, the Paradise Theater, Yankee Stadium -- and in his imaginatin, where he longs for a stencil kit to decorate the windows like all the other kids on his street. Instead, he gets a very different present: his uncle Malcolm's family.

Malcolm is in jail for stealing -- once again -- from his latest new job, and Anthony's aunt and twin cousins settle into the Amedeos' fifth floor walk-up. Sharing a room with girls is excruciating for Anthony, despite his affinity for the twins. But the real change in Anthony's life comes one evening when he causes the unthinkable to happen, changing each family member's life forever.

Evoking all the plenty and optimism of postwar America, Sacred Time spans three generations, taking us from the Bronx of the 1950s to contemporary Brooklyn. Keenly observing the dark side of family -- and its gracefulness -- Hegi has outdone herself with this captivating novel about childhood's tenderness and the landscape of loneliness.

Hegi reveals how the transforming power of a singular event can reverberate through a family for generations.

Reviews (2)

Self-absorbed Time

Written by Peggy Stortz on August 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Much as I wanted to like this book, (and the narrators did an excellent job of giving the characters a voice), I found it to be very tedious. Almost nothing happened in the entire 8 long CD's encompassing several characters and over 40 years. I can't recommend this one to anybody.

Sacred Time

Written by Rebecca Choitz on December 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Ursula Heigi is a great story teller. The story is told through several voices (with diffierent readers for each). Very effective.

Author Details

Author Details

Hegi, Ursula

Ursula Hegi

Ursula Hegi grew up in a small German town. She left her country of origin when she was eighteen years old, moved to America, and became a United States citizen five years later. Hegi has discovered that it is impossible to leave behind one's origins. "The older I get," she says, "the more I realize that I am inescapably encumbered with the heritage of my country's history."

Hegi's interest in writing began when she was six years old. At the age of fourteen or fifteen, she wrote in German half a novel on lined note paper. It was not until after she arrived in the States that sh