Told in the form of letters, this nontraditional yet fascinating memoir is narrated with grace and clarity by Marisol Ramirez. Colombian artist Emma Reyes shares a series of anecdotes from her desperately poor childhood, memories heavy with cruelty, hunger, and loss. Ramirez maintains a brisk pace that somehow suits the matter-of-fact tone of the letters, but it can be overwhelming to absorb the torrent of hardship Reyes endured as a child. With her gently musical accent and distant tone, Ramirez suggests the uncommon strength the young Reyes cultivated, which, no doubt, helped her to transcend cruel poverty and neglect to pursue a life of travel and, one hopes, beauty. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2017]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2017
DD ISBN 9781524778576 $15.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2017
DD ISBN 9781524778583 $47.50
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