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ABSENT IN THE SPRING

by | Read by Ann Beach

Fiction • 6 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1944

Writing as Mary Westmacott, Agatha Christie reveals a very different side. The six Westmacott novels, written between 1930 and 1956, feature more introspective plots and greater character development. But Christie is still Christie--even under a pen name her works make keen observations about people and the conflicts that arise between them. In this novel, Joan Scudamore reflects upon her life and her family while stranded between trains. Ann Beach illuminates Joan's growing acceptance of the uncomfortable truths of her life. The cutting remarks of her friend Blanche are delivered in the tones of the not-so-well-meaning friend. Well-defined secondary characters add warmth and realism to the story as Beach captures an East Indian railroad servant with a high, singsong voice and sketches Joan's fellow traveler, Princess Sasha, with a refined European accent. This quiet story speaks volumes about the underside of family relationships. G.D.W. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC/ JAN 02]

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Formats

Retail pak • Audio Partners • 2001

CS ISBN 1572701994 $24.95 • Four cassettes

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