Retail pak Houghton Mifflin 2001
CS ISBN 0618127690 $15.00 Two cassettes
Wanda McCaddon and Penelope Fitzgerald achieve a lovely confluence in this poignant novella of Florence Green and her endeavour to create a bookshop in Hardborough, Sussex. Beset with obstacles (some natural, like the climate, and some supernatural--the Old House has a "rapper"), Florence perseveres. McCaddon embraces the quirky characters of the remote seaside village with astute vocal portraits as Fitzgerald sets us in the middle of their petty feuds and contradictions. McCaddon doesn't miss a single detail, descriptive or emotional, and illuminates this intimate human study. The audio form accentuates the psychological involvement of the listener in Florence's struggles, illustrating the high art of an audiobook. R.F.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 02]
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