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by | Read by Julia Roberts

Fiction • 5 hrs. • Abridged • © 2002

Dysfunctional family life among the upper crust of Manhattan's Upper East Side is held up to a magnifying lens, and it is not pretty. Written broadly and relying on stereotypes, still, it makes for a fascinating, engaging, and ultimately sad story. The writing voice suggests a protagonist who is sensitive, caring, vulnerable, and eager to please; unfortunately Roberts fails to capture this, coming across instead as flat, matter-of-fact, and self-assured. The accents she attempts are unrecognizable and inconsistent and prove distracting. Breezy with touches of humor and pathos, this story makes for good listening despite an out-of-sync narration. E.S. 2003 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 02]



Retail pak • Random House Audio • 2002

CS ISBN 0553714759 $25.00 • Three cassettes

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