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Podcast Episode 15
12:00pm

The Listeners

with Jordan Tannahill
Hosted by David O’Meara

The Listeners

with Jordan Tannahill
Hosted by David O’Meara
8
Friday
Oct
12:00pm
Jordan Tannahill - Photo by McKenzie James

Poet and playwright David O’Meara sits down with two-time Governor General’s Literary Award winner and 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee Jordan Tannahill to discuss The Listeners, a propulsive literary page-turner about a family torn apart by a mother’s obsession with a sound that no one else can hear. 

 

One night, while lying in bed next to her husband, Claire Devon suddenly hears a low hum. This innocuous sound, which no one else in the house can hear, has no obvious source or medical cause, but it begins to upset the balance of Claire’s life. When she discovers that one of her students can also hear the hum, the two strike up an unlikely and intimate friendship. Finding themselves increasingly isolated from their families and colleagues, they fall in with a disparate group of people who also perceive the sound. What starts out as a kind of neighbourhood self-help group gradually transforms into something much more extreme, with far-reaching, devastating consequences. 

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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