Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2007
CD ISBN 9780061369278 $39.95 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9780061546365 $27.97
Julia Gibson performs the role of the unappealing Leigh Churchill, mother of popular high school senior Kara. Leigh is as maladjusted as her daughter is well adjusted. When Kara accidentally hits and kills a pedestrian, Leigh longs to support her daughter, but she finds she can't be the fantasy mom she'd like to be. Gibson presents Leigh's needs and reticence with a continuous whine that makes the listener wish she were more likable. Her husband's matter-of-fact tones effectively contrast the two parents. The listener is finally won over upon coming to an understanding of Lee's past. Gibson's portrayal of Leigh's cold mother and the callous responses of community members to her speak volumes about the person Leigh has become. S.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 07/ JAN 08]
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