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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"How Green Was My Valley" by Richard Llewellyn

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Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Patrick & Joan Andrews

Endnotes: Ted Schwartz

Author: Richard Llewellyn

Year of Publication: 1945

Plot: In his old age, Huw Morgan reflects on his life growing up in a coal mining town in a valley in Wales. His memories range everywhere from coal union disputes to the romances of various siblings.

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