Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2019
CD ISBN 9781984888464 $45.00 Twelve CDs
DD ISBN 9781984888471 $25.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2019
CD ISBN 9781984888488 $45.00 Twelve CDs
DD ISBN 9781984888495 $95.00
Blair Brown delivers a superb narration of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel, which features the recollections of a 95-year-old New York seamstress who came of age during WWII. Brown's straightforward, charming depiction illuminates the vivacious young woman the wistful elderly narrator remembers, and her conversational pacing creates vibrant pictures for the listener. In 1940, after Vivian dropped out of Vassar and moved to Manhattan to help her aunt run a decrepit theater company, she discovered the joys of an unbridled sex life and the idiosyncrasies of the acting community. She also created stunning costumes for the company, including a middle-aged British actress memorably rendered by Brown. The storytelling device of the main character writing a letter is a bit clumsy, but the novel is entertaining. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2019]
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