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June

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  • Boy, Snow, Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Helen Oyeyemi
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett, Carra Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty - the opposite of the life she' s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she' d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy' s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white.

    M. Barbera says: "For Literary Lovers"
    "Part 1 excellent, Part 2 so-so, Part 3 very good"
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    I'm torn about rating this book because of the inconsistency in both writing and narration. Boy is the mother, Snow is the step daughter and Bird is the daughter. Part 1 (Susan Bennett), mostly about Boy, is amazingly written and Bennett's narration is exceptional. Part 2 (Carra Patterson) is about Snow and Bird and not sure what else is going on there. Part 2 didn't seem to fit to me, not as compelling and the narration was so-so at best. Part 3 (Susan Bennett) is back to Boy, and includes Snow and Bird. Again the writing is not as exceptional as Part 1, but the twist at the end and the understanding that comes over Boy makes up for it. I highly recommend it assuming you don't mind skimming through Part 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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