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Suzanne

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  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Marra
    • Narrated By Colette Whitaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (233)
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    (212)
    Story
    (213)

    Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa’s house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

    Ryan says: "A bleak, beautiful debut"
    "A lovely, touching, compelling book"
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    If you could sum up A Constellation of Vital Phenomena in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful writing. Compelling story. Great dialog. Interesting characters. (this book is too good to sum up in three words)


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! This book is so rich -- it works at so many levels. Right before I read this, I re-read one of my all-time favorites: Stegner's "Crossing to Safety". It's hard for me to put any book in that category, but this may come close.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am not sure which scene was my favorite, but the last three chapters were incredibly moving (in fact, I was moved to tears) and I listened to them twice. Also, the dialog was memorable. Also, great images -- "her life was an orbit around a dark star"...."she traveled halfway across the world for a sister she wouldn't cross the room to help"..."she was as hard to pin down as the last pickle in the pickle jar".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen while I walk. Everytime I stopped listening I couldn't wait to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was excellent

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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