The free brontosaurus & Cardboard boat
Meet the Characters
Meet Russell. Former Plainview city archivist, he keeps a folio on all city zoning issues and development plans. Goes to all the public hearings. He spends a lot of time in the library. He talks to himself. His life changes one morning when, on his daily walk, he spotted a stone brontosaurus out on the curb being given away. His life changes again several months later when someone long absent comes back into his life.
Read by Dan Bern
Suzie is a single mother struggling to hold it all together, nostalgic for the days when she was the child and her mother was around to take care of her, to stock the fridge and freezer, to tuck her into bed. She sees the image of a colored bird in a splotch of frozen juice on a pizza box and everything changes.
Read by Kim Taylor
Harvey has worked on or near boats his whole life, but he finds it harder and harder to find a job the older he gets. He moves to Plainview because he has nowhere left to go. Ultimately, he’s hired to work on the new bridge being built. But it’s not clear that’s enough to save him.
Read by Jordan Katz
Eliza is the Goth-dressing aspiring writer who works at the circulation desk of Plainview’s library. She sees a the other characters coming in and out. She wonders about them. She writes about them. She’s in the library when the earthquake hits, and it gives her an idea for how to help these people.
Read by Natalia Zukerman
Martha is a horder. She finds all sorts of bits and pieces of art and junk that most would overlook. A foam sculpture of a brontosaurus is just one example of something she brings home off the street. At first her husband Carl is complicit. But Martha is compensating for something. And as Carl learns what it is, the objects filling their home nearly drive him away.
Read by Sarah Davis
When George’s wife leaves him, he does not see it coming. It leaves him reeling. Then George discovers the new bridge being built. He becomes obsessed with that bridge, goes down daily to chart its progress. Slowly but steadily, as the bridge inches toward the opposite shore, George picks himself back up.
Read by Jono Manson
Say hello to Lucy. She is the final character we meet in the book. She’s been estranged from Russell (the first character we meet) for over twenty years. When she finally returns to find him it doesn’t seem like it will work out. But slowly but surely the two piece each other back together.
Read by David Berkeley