Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2007
CD ISBN 9780143142096 $39.95 Seventeen CDs
DD ISBN $27.97
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2007
CD ISBN 9781415937761 $129.00 Seventeen CDs
Blue Van Meer writes of the year her life " unstitched like a snagged sweater." This first novel is a hybrid, part coming-of-age story, part murder mystery. But first and foremost, it's a dazzling prose circus, full of hilarious metaphors and studded with footnotes, some real, many invented. Emily Janice Card (daughter of novelist Orson Scott Card) gives a bravura performance. She's an innocent, even foolish teenaged girl with the bookishness of an Oxford don. Card dances through this minefield of a text, never getting lost in a sentence or mispronouncing a word. The absence of the drawings present in the text is noticeable but in no way mars this spirited aural romp. B.H.C. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 07]
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