Three talented narrators transport listeners with this absorbing novel. This lyrical debut, which is at once expansive and intimate, explores timely issues of intergenerational trauma, colorism, class divides, and higher education. The story centers on the complicated lives of Ailey and her extended family, as well as the trials of her African, Creek, and Scottish ancestors. Narrator Adenrele Ojo could teach a master class in narration with her flawless portrayals of the intelligent, sensitive Ailey; her wise, courageous Uncle Root; and the other unforgettable contemporary family members. Karen Chilton's precise and skillful performance guides listeners through the histories of Ailey's ancestors. Interspersed throughout are the scholarly pronouncements of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, delivered with appropriate measure and gravitas by Prentice Onayemi. M.J. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2021]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780062942975 $48.99
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