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A Rip in Heaven

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This program is read by the author. The acclaimed author of American Dirt reveals the devastating effects of a shocking tragedy in this landmark true crime book.  A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins’s story of a night in April 1991, when her two cousins Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, were assaulted on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River just outside of St. Louis.  When, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom managed to escape the attackers and flag down help, he thought the nightmare would soon be over. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Along with their entire family, he and his sister, Jeanine, were just at the beginning of a horrific odyssey through the aftermath of a violent crime, a world of shocking betrayal, endless heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It was a trial by fire from which no family member would emerge unscathed.   A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

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Narrator: Jeanine Cummins
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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Jeanine Cummins

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Joining us at Audible Studios is best-selling author Jeanine Cummins, who is releasing her new book, American Dirt.   Cummins was born in Spain and has lived around the world, in California, Maryland, Belfast, and New York, where she currently resides with her Irish husband and two children. She worked in the publishing industry for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer.   Her first book, A Rip in Heaven, is a memoir about her two cousins being murdered and the attempted murder of her brother. Cummins used the book to deal with her grief and portrays the lives of the victims and their families. She went on to release two fictions novels, The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch.   Her newest release is American Dirt, a novel which looks at the plight of migrants, as a mother and son desperately attempt to escape a cartel in Mexico by fleeing to the United States of America.   We spoke to Jeanine Cummins about her new novel, the violence in Mexico and Central American, migrant experiences and her worries over whether or not she was the right person to tell this story.  

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Narrator: Jeanine Cummins
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 21 mins
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