When Mann's younger brother, Jason, is shot to death on their porch, the family is nearly destroyed. Mann's father is so terrified about losing another son that he decides to leave Mann and his friend, Kee-lee, in the woods, forcing them to survive as they enact an ancient African tradition. Narrator Dominic Hoffman beautifully illustrates the grief and hopelessness of the family, as well as the moments of joy that temporarily bring everyone out of their pain. Flake uses the seldom-examined relationship of an African-American father and son to convey her view of contemporary life. A closing interview with the author offers a glimpse into her intentions in this tragic but hopeful story. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 06/ JAN 07]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2006
CD ISBN 0739331159 $35.00 Five CDs
DD ISBN $24.50
Library Ed. Listening Library 2006
CS ISBN 0739331264 $35.00 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 0739331248 $45.00 Five CDs
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