Trade Ed. Harper Audio/ Caedmon 2002
CD ISBN 9780061650499 $19.95 Twelve CDs
DD ISBN $27.95
Betty Smith’s sentimental favorite documents Francie Nolan’s childhood and coming-of-age in a poor but loving family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the first half of the twentieth century. Kate Burton’s narration makes the story feel more dated than timeless, and her accents push the boundaries of authenticity. Still, she communicates the universality of Francie’s childhood dreams, and the image of young Francie, sitting out on the fire escape, so close to a growing tree that she feels as if she is nestled in its branches, with a pillow and a glass of ice water, "at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candies, and all alone in the house," rings true and somehow familiar. There’s a reason this tale remains beloved after almost 50 years, and it stands with memoirs like ANGELA’S ASHES for its happy-ending triumph over a bad childhood. J.M.D 2002 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 02]
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