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by | Read by Desirée Coleman

Fiction • 12 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1981

Valerian and Margaret seem to have everything on their Caribbean Island, where they are attended by Ondine and Sydney, their loyal black servants. When Sydney and Ondine's niece, Paris-educated Jadine, visits, she enjoys guest privileges, while her aunt and uncle continue to serve. Crashing their genteel charade, Son, a desperate black man on the run, forces them to confront the truth of their lives. Turmoil unfolds in a world of magical realism, in which butterflies worry about baby seals being made into a coat, avocados have opinions, and myth is alive in the trees. Desirée Coleman's voice is as lush as the tropical rain-forest Morrison creates. In the book's moodier moments, Coleman manages a dark edginess. Her performance adds sensuousness to the magic, reflecting Morrison's hypnotic vision of the vagaries of the human heart. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 03]

Book pak • Books on Tape • 2003

CS ISBN 0736690131 $56.00 • Eight cassettes

CD ISBN 0736690697 $72.00/ $17.95(R) • Nine CDs

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