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"[Eisenberg] reconstructs the case with a brisk pace and a keen sensitivity...offers a nuanced portrait of a crime and its decades long effects. A promising young author reappraises a notorious double murder-and her life." (Kirkus Reviews)

"In The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, Emma Copley Eisenberg uses the unsolved 1980 murders of Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, in Pocahontas County, WV, as a lens through which to consider the effects of violent acts on the communities where they occur." (Library Journal)

"Eisenberg has crafted a beautiful and complicated ode to West Virginia. Exquisitely written, this is a powerful commentary on society's notions of gender, violence, and rural America. Readers of literary nonfiction will devour this title in one sitting." (Booklist, starred review)

あらすじ・解説

A stunning, complex narrative about the fractured legacy of a decades-old double murder in rural West Virginia - and the writer determined to put the pieces back together.

In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived. For 13 years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders", though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. 

In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. As time passed, the truth seemed to slip away, and the investigation itself inflicted its own traumas - turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming the fears of violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries. 

In The Third Rainbow Girl, Emma Copley Eisenberg uses the Rainbow Murders case as a starting point for a thought-provoking tale of an Appalachian community bound by the false stories that have been told about it. Weaving in experiences from her own years spent living in Pocahontas County, she follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, revealing how this mysterious murder has loomed over all those affected for generations, shaping their fears, fates, and desires. 

Beautifully written and brutally honest, The Third Rainbow Girl presents a searing and wide-ranging portrait of America - divided by gender and class and haunted by its own violence.

©2020 Emma Copley Eisenberg (P)2020 Hachette Books

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  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • 匿名
  • 2020/02/11

Terrible narrator

Why publishers let authors with voices like this narrate is beyond me. I only listened all the way through cause it was a purchase. Please allow trained actors to do what they do best and not someone who reads like a 6th grader with a little vocal fry thrown in. Ugh. Plus the story became all about HER at times, not relevant, not interesting. Big disappointment. I don’t recommend.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • KaiNai02
  • 2020/02/07

Terrible

Storyline goes a million different directions and never comes together. I was painful to listen to. Don't waste a credit.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lindsey Baxter
  • 2020/03/10

Poorly narrated

Content was great but lost interest due to narration. My mind kept wondering away from story because of the monotone.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • EJW
  • 2020/03/28

more than just true crime

I loved this book. I thought the narration was well done. I loved the combination of "true crime" and memoir that somehow expands/explodes open both genres. I learned a lot about West Virginia which is an often forgotten but really important state! Highly recommend.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Dawn
  • 2020/03/05

Very long and drawn out

This story was more about times way back then when the beginning of the town. It really had no tie in with the story. Seemed like a lot of useless info. I kept hoping for more but it never happened. Maybe it was the reader, not one for me.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • eLoomanator
  • 2020/12/29

Awful performance

I cannot listen to another word read by this reader. Might as well be listening to someone read a grocery list.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfied Customer
  • 2020/05/01

all over the place

If you were a resident or even familiar with this area of WV it is interesting. It has a lot of garble that is unnecessary for the story. It if almost as if she had taken a story, didn't have enough to create a book, so she throws in a bunch of details about her life. Details that have nothing to do with the story. She has mentioned people in her book without asking for their permission or even as a courtesy to inform them they are mentioned.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Vaihere
  • 2020/02/10

A masterpiece

This is a fascinating firsthand journey into a complex hometown West Virginia murder. There is an impressive amount detailed investigation and careful thoughtfulness put into this book. Two Rainbow girls up there should be forever grateful to Emma Eisenberg.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Tim Healy
  • 2020/12/16

No idea why I finished this, now

I think it might have been sick fascination with how bad this really was. Authors: listen to this for every reason why you should NOT read your own book. Ms. Eisenberg's reading is singsong and monotonous. If I didn't know better, I'd have sworn she didn't know what was coming next. Certainly, there was no rhyme nor reason involved in laying out what was coming next, but that should not have been a surprise to Eisenberg. FYI -- don't be fooled: this is NOT true crime. Best if you avoid this one.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • ashley sozzi
  • 2020/10/07

Narration is...odd

Sometimes the author is the best narrator, but often times I find that they're unfortunately not. In this case, the narrator (author) sounds bored and disconnected, which is odd knowing she wrote the book. I think it'd be great to read a physical copy, but I wouldn't recommend the audio version.