Library Ed. Books on Tape 2005
CS ISBN $72.00 Seven cassettes
CD ISBN $90.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN $27.97
This magnificent debut captures thirty years in the life of Kate Cadogan, Welsh daughter, wife, and mother. Deprived of hopes and desires, she erupts one day in rebellion, which sends her back in time to relive her relationship with her domineering mother, who thwarts her dream of becoming a caterer; her love-starved marriage to an oaf; and the saving grace of her friendship with two childhood chums. Kate Reading's insightful narration glides through the carefully documented decades, building with subtle intensity as Kate matures. There are moments of hilarious misadventure, and Reading's portrait of Kate's mother, Biddy, shouts "evil mother." The climax, Kate's escape to France, resonates with joy. A fictional memoir so musical it should be listened to more than once. M.T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 06]
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