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The Discovery of Christmas
By Carson McCullers

Read by Amanda Quaid for Selected Shorts

McCullers turns a shrewd and tender eye on her five-year-old self in the essay “The Discovery of Christmas."   She has a case of scarlet fever, and an unwanted baby sister, but a holiday miracle is waiting for her. 

To hear the full program with Emily Skeggs, Hilton Als, and gust host Hope Davis, visit Soundcloud.

That Deep Ocean...
By Ana Candida Carneiro, translated by Stephen Pidcock

Directed by Sarah Montague for Play For Voices
Read by Peter Francis James and Amanda Quaid

A single day in a woman’s life becomes an epic journey of self-discovery. The action shifts between the character’s everyday world, where she's trapped in a dreary job, and an alternative realm, part dreamscape, part subconscious. 

The Scarlet Letter
Studio 360, WNYC

Amanda reads selections from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel for Studio 360's American Icons series.