Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9780525498063 $40.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780525498070 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2017
CD ISBN 9780525498087 $40.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780525498094 $95.00
As three of the teenaged Richardson children watch their suburban Ohio home being engulfed in flames, they must consider whether the absence of their rebellious sister is significant. With a youthful voice, Jennifer Lim depicts Izzie's angst and awakening joy in the months preceding the fire, when she discovers friendship with newcomer Pearl and her artistic single mother. Lim voices the contrasting mothers skillfully: We hear the carefully contained control-freak shrewishness of Izzie's mom in contrast with the introspective playfulness of Pearl's mother. Lim employs a soft Asian accent for the heartbroken young Chinese mother who regrets having given up her baby for adoption. The narrative's foreshadowing does not reveal all the mysteries, and Lim lends a shade of innocence that stays true to the secrets. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2017]
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