When You Were Older

Genre: Fiction

When You Were Older

Performed by:
Nick Podehl

By the bestselling author of Don't Let Me Go, When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, and Pay It Forward,When You Were Older is the poignant, uplifting, and thought-provoking story of two very different brothers who try to build a new life together, against the backdrop of an uncertain and uneasy time in our shared history. Russell Ammiano works on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the phone rings while Rusty is rushing to work. The news is devastating: Rusty's mother has died of a stroke, leaving his brain-damaged older brother Ben alone. This news also saves Rusty's life. He's still at home when two planes hit the World Trade Center—and only one of his friends and colleagues survives. In a single day, the life Rusty built in New York crumbles to the ground. Rusty returns to his tiny hometown and the brother he was more than happy to leave behind. Ben hasn't changed a bit, but the town has. Tensions are running high in the wake of the terrorist attack, while Rusty struggles to put the the past behind him and care for the exasperating brother he loves. He finds refuge drinking coffee in the early morning with beautiful Egyptian-American Anat in her father's bakery. Rusty is beginning to get his life back...until one awful night threatens to take it all away again.

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Run time: 9 hours
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Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde

Biography:
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, <i>Pay It Forward</i>, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels <i>Becoming Chloe</i> and <i>Jumpstart the World</i> were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; <i>Jumpstart the World</i> was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. <i>The Language of Hoofbeats</i> won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the <i>Antioch Review</i>, <i>Michigan Quarterly Review</i>, the <i>Virginia Quarterly Review</i>, <i>Ploughshares</i>, <i>Glimmer Train</i>, and the <i>Sun</i>, and in the anthologies <i>Santa Barbara Stories</i> and <i>California Shorts</i>, as well as the bestselling anthology <i>Dog Is My Co-Pilot</i>. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for <i>Best American Short Stories</i>, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in <i>Best American Short Stories</i>.</p><p>Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.
Narrator
Nick Podehl

Biography:
Nick Podehl has been named a 'Best Voice' by AudioFile magazine in 2010 and 2011. He has narrated many young adult, fantasy, and romance titles, several of which have won awards, and has appeared in a number of theatrical productions and independent films.

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