Novel Conversations

Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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S6 Ep 2

Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Elizabeth Flood and Phil Setnik

Author: Mark Twain

Year of Publication: 1884

Plot: The story of Huck Finn is about a fun-loving risk-taker youth and his adventures on the Mississippi River with a runaway slave named Jim. A blossoming friendship ensues on their freedom seeking voyage and beyond. Huckleberry Finn is most commonly viewed as a satire of racism, religion, morality, and social attitudes of the time, making it Twain’s most notable work and one of the great American novels.

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The Team

Frank Lavallo

The Host
A former private attorney, a current High School Honors History & Literature Teacher, and a classic novel aficionado.

Julie Fink

Julie (a.k.a. Big Julz) brings a unique blend of radio, broadcasting and creativity to her producer role.

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