A tour-de-force first novel like this deserves a remarkable reader and gets one in Nicole Roberts, who easily traverses two hundred years and multiple genres. Roberts portrays Willie Upton, shamed when she returns home pregnant and unmarried, surly when she learns her hippie mother is dating a minister and has lied about her being fathered by one of four freewheeling men, inquisitive when she finds out her biological father lives in town. As Willie reads family journals, Roberts animates historical figures: Hettie, the headstrong slave turned progenitor, and Sarah Upton, a great-great grandmother who treads lightly between her pride and her fear of insanity. The narrative also brings alive a strong sense of place. S.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]
Trade Ed. Hyperion Audiobooks 2008
CD ISBN 978-1-4013-8892-8 $39.95 Eleven CDs
DD ISBN $56.95
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