Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2006
CS ISBN 9780792745297 $94.95 Eleven cassettes
CD ISBN 9780792744818 $112.95 Thirteen CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9780792745532 $69.95 Two MP3-CDs
Janet Fitch's first novel was WHITE OLEANDER, an Oprah selection. The perfectly paced chapters of her second novel seem written as much for the listener as for the reader. How many times can a 20 year old from the wrong side of the tracks whose lover has just killed himself begin again? In Fitch's skilled hand, there are infinite possibilities. No matter how many times Josie goes over pre-suicidal scenes, Fitch encapsulates them in imagery that neither bores nor frightens. Narrator Jen Taylor doesn't make tonal distinctions between a decrepit neighborhood and a Hollywood mansion; all hints of snottiness or desire are saved for the characters' thoughts and words. R.R. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]
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