Book pak Recorded Books 1995
CS ISBN 0788703374 $59.00 Seven cassettes
Master storyteller Hoffman spins an unusual yarn about the Owens sisters, whose lives are firmly shaped by the two elderly aunts who raised them and who, some claim, are witches. Narrator Moore's forlorn alto, with its slightly sardonic edge, seems the perfect vehicle for this dark comedy. Moore's representations of the practical, matter-of-fact Sally Owens and the world-weary, jaded Gillian Owens enhance Hoffman's well-developed characters. Moore captures the moods, emotions and atmosphere of the story, which contains equal parts magic, mystery and sound New England practicality. Moore produces a clearly drawn supporting cast, as well: Sally's two teenaged daughters, each woman's boyfriend and, of course, the aunts. Through her strong characterizations, Moore beautifully relates Hoffman's message that you can neither escape nor change your past; it will always be part of you. J.H.B. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: NOV/DEC 97]
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