A collection of short stories loosely related to the state of Maine, this audio presentation put the reviewer in mind of what Sarah Orne Jewett might write were she alive today. Cassandra Campbell's narration savors the slow exploration of character and place in each narrative, few of which contain any real plot. Wisely, she refrains from attempting any of the state's distinctive accents. But one would think a professional like Campbell would know better than to commit the dreaded pronunciation errors of "Banger" for Maine's city of Bangor and "Bow-dwin" for Bowdoin College. But these and other scattered hiccups aside, her performance suits Beattie's gentle exploration of "Vacationland." The listener will want to savor each tale. R.L.L. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2015]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2015
DD ISBN 9781442389588 $17.99
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