Library Ed. Recorded Books 2008
CS ISBN 9781436171212 $113 Fourteen cassettes
CD ISBN 9781436155243 $123.75 Fourteen CDs
Ruth Ann Phimister uses distinctive vocal variations and European accents in this sweeping immigration saga of the late 1800s. When three young Swedish sisters, Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia, lose their mother, and then their father to suicide, they leave Sweden for America. With masterful pacing and understatement, Phimister captures the fears of women without a benefactor. Aboard ship, family secrets and shameful relations are revealed, which will destroy them if they're not dealt with. Phimister's gentle voice richly characterizes each sister with an individual voice and mannerisms. She gives a polished performance of their initial excitement at first seeing Lady Liberty and portrays their reactions to the harsh realities of Ellis Island. Don't miss this captivating tale of loss, hope, and new beginnings. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2009]
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