Narrator Janina Edwards's Southern accent and mature, commanding voice contrast markedly with the passivity of many characters in this novel. The miserable circumstances of one African-American family unfold through Edwards's light drawl and varied tones indicating sarcasm, anxiety, and displaced desires. The "go along to get along" behavior of the older generation, reflected in certain characters like Sylvia, does not bode well for the younger generation, like Sylvia's daughter, Ava, who has subconsciously lived out the phrase regardless. Edwards draws listeners in with inflections that might sting or soothe at different times. Getting to know the people of this small North Carolina town through her narration is worth the time and effort. T.E.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2017]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781538412176 $39.99 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780062660619 $24.99
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781538412183 $59.99 Nine CDs
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