Words, their meanings and sounds, their actual and implied associations, and, in particular, their sometimes fraudulent appearance in dictionaries, provide the fuel for Williams's dazzling first novel, its imagination and wit here expertly enhanced for the ear. Kristen Atherton and Jon Glover, two highly talented narrators, alternate chapters. Each of the 26 is titled alphabetically with a single word intrinsic to that chapter. As the young, female, present-time narrator alternates with a mature, Victorian male, their rich counterpoint and interplay are brought to life in ways only suggested on the page. Fans of literary comedies will revel in this cunning tour de force. And audiobook fans of every kind will take note that this year's fiction begins with an inspired debut. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2021]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780593348864 $17.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2021
DD ISBN 9780593348871 $66.50
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