Trade Ed. MountainWhispers 2013
CD ISBN 9780979515637 $28.89 Ten CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Jesse is a young man who is trying to find himself in the American South in the 1950s while living and working with poor, black people. Narrator Ross Ballard II draws the listener into the story with his spot-on characterizations of the many characters, including a middle-aged black man who can talk like Stepin Fetchit if the situation demands and like James Earl Jones when he's with his own people. Jesse himself is figuratively color-blind, but the people around him are not, and the local sheriff is bound and determined to get rid of Jesse before his freethinking spreads. Ballard makes all of the voices sound real and excels as the confused, angry, and clever Jesse, who manages not only to survive in a world stacked against him but also to win. M.S. 2014 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2014]
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