Trade Ed. HighBridge Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9781611744996 $34.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9781611745009 $24.47
Library Ed. HighBridge Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9781611745016 $73.00 Nine CDs
When you first hear Alexandra Styron’s monotone reading of her memoir about growing up the youngest child of the towering novelist William Styron, you might inwardly groan about another non-professional reader. But quickly you realize that the studied detachment in her delivery is no deficiency on her part but an exact auditory counterpart to the emotional pitch she sets for herself as writer of this brave book. Styron the daughter never succumbs to sentimentality; she wants to understand this gigantic, deeply troubled man whose moodiness, indifference, and casual cruelties dominated and cowed his household even as he wrote some of the twentieth century’s most luminous novels. By the end, you recognize that the detachment has been a conceit necessary to enable the daughter to look clear-eyed and compassionately at the father she loved despite all. M.O. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2011]
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