Library Ed. Listening Library 2004
CS ISBN 1400086264 $30.00 Three cassettes
CD ISBN 1400089824 $38.00 Four CDs
In this lyrical historical novel about America before and during the Civil War, we follow 15-year-old Tilly Pruit of Illinois as she pursues her errant young brother, who has run off to enlist in the Union Army. Tilly is accompanied by Delphine, a lovely young visitor up from New Orleans. As we and Tilly discover, Delphine is not what she appears. Daniel Passer begins the book, speaking to us in the voice of Tilly's grandson, taken in 1916 to meet his grandmother for the first time. He has a pleasant, easy voice and a fine sense of a boy's pacing as he tells his part of the story. Lina Patel also excels with the many characters and the emotional complexities of the plot. Her Northern country people are plain without being caricatures, and her Southerners convince without too many drippy drawls. This personal story of the great national schism involves us in all ways. A.C.S. 2005 YALSA Selection © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE/JULY 05]
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