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Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Janet Song

Fiction • 15.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2010

New lives, new towns, new worlds revolve around the character of Hattie Kong, a retired high school biology teacher who has moved to a New England town. Janet Song performs Gish Jen's absorbing novel with tones that evoke the heroine’s Asian heritage and inner knowledge. Song moves through three vocal sensibilities with precision and clarity—an American accent, an Asian accent, and deftly suggested Asian dialects. After two significant losses, Hattie's new life is enriched by her new Cambodian-American neighbors and by a former lover, a retired neuroscientist. These divergent lives connect as the characters struggle to forge American identities and are touched by Hattie's friendship and local activism. A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2011]

Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2010

CD ISBN 9781441773562 $32.95 • Thirteen CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781441773579 $29.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2010

CS ISBN 9781441773548 $79.95 • Eleven cassettes

CD ISBN 9781441773555 $109.00 • Thirteen CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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