Narrator Shayna Small's sumptuous voice and on-the-mark character portrayals enhance this beautiful story, rich with themes of familial bonds, reconciliation, and racial prejudice. Ruth Tuttle, a successful engineer living in Chicago, returns to her hometown in search of the child she was forced to give up for adoption as a teenager. She finds much more. Small's lush voice is elegant and soothing, effectively creating a sense of foreboding as Ruth uncovers secrets and works to reconcile with her past. As Ruth rediscovers the power of maternal ties and family, Small captures her complex emotions. Additionally, her portrayals of the boys, Midnight and Corey, sound authentic and effectively highlight the deep-rooted effects of prejudice. Small gives an affecting performance of this moving story. M.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2021]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780063005662 $26.99
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