Delicious Foods

  • von James Hannaham
  • Sprecher: James Hannaham
  • 11 Std. 6 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Held captive by her employers--and by her own demons--on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival.
Darlene, once an exemplary wife and a loving mother to her young son, Eddie, finds herself devastated by the unforeseen death of her husband. Unable to cope with her grief, she turns to drugs and quickly forms an addiction. One day she disappears without a trace.
Unbeknownst to 11-year-old Eddie, now left behind and in a panic-stricken search for her, Darlene has been lured away with false promises of a good job and a rosy life. A shady company named Delicious Foods shuttles her to a remote farm, where she is held captive, performing hard labor in the fields to pay off the supposed debt for her food, lodging, and the constant stream of drugs the farm provides to her and the other unfortunates imprisoned there.
In Delicious Foods James Hannaham tells the gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them. Through Darlene's haunted struggle to reunite with Eddie, through the efforts of both to triumph over those who would enslave them, and through the irreverent and mischievous voice of the drug that narrates Darlene's travails, Hannaham's daring and shape-shifting prose infuses this harrowing experience with grace and humor.
The desperate circumstances that test the unshakeable bond between this mother and son unfold into myth, and Hannaham's treatment of their ordeal spills over with compassion. Along the way we experience a tale at once contemporary and historical that wrestles with timeless questions of love and freedom, forgiveness and redemption, tenacity and the will to survive.



"James Hannaham's new novel is a tour de force. Gripping, haunting, and deeply moving, it beguiles the reader with the urgent immediacy of its characters' lives, while also reverberating with universal themes of freedom and enslavement, love and survival." (Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winner for A Visit From the Goon Squad)
"Author James Hannaham--who is clearly comfortable behind the mic--skillfully narrates a story of human exploitation, addiction, and grief." ( AudioFile)


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James Hannaham hat mit DELICIOUS FOODS eine literarische Tour de Force vor die Füße seiner Leser geknallt, die man entweder liebt oder nicht leiden kann. Die abstrahierte Parabel über Sklaverei und Drogensumpf spielt mit realitischen und surrealen Elementen, mit mehr als ungewöhnlichen Erzählperspektiven, einem harten Stil und einem Bodensatz an Charakteren. Eine Droge als Ich-Erzähler, dann auch noch so milieupointiert gesprochen vom Autor selbst – das ist außergewöhnlich. Als besonderes literarisches Experiment kann das gefallen. Oder eben auch nicht. Oder man steht etwas ratlos davor, weil man einfach nicht versteht, was man mit diesem gewagten Mix anfangen soll. So wie ich.
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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 17.03.2015
  • Verlag: Hachette Audio