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THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST

by | Read by Karen White

Fiction • 7.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2011

Mayhew’s debut novel, set in the 1950s, moves back and forth between a family Christmas in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the summer when the family goes to Florida on vacation, taking with them their “girl,” Mary. Thirteen-year-old Jubie tells this coming-of-age story, which endeavors to hit as many hot-button issues as possible—from racism and child abuse to adultery and sibling rivalry. Although there’s a powerful story in here, it’s diluted by too many issues and characters. Karen White’s delivery is adequate but doesn’t add breadth to the one-dimensional characters. Her pacing is disconcerting, especially when her delivery blurs the lines between speakers and when the story moves from Charlotte to Florida and back again. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2012]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2012

CD ISBN 9781455131907 $29.95 • Eight CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781455131914 $29.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN 9781455131921 multiple sources

 

Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2012

CS ISBN 9781455131884 $54.95 • Eight cassettes

CD ISBN 9781455131891 $69.00 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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