As the years pass the secrets they keep from each other threaten to destroy them, but ultimately they bridge the chasms between them and reunite in the spirit of love and healing. Rarely has such an acclaimed writer made such a startling and inspiring statement about the value of hope and compassion.
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"[It gets] under our skin and demand that we pay attention." (New York Newsday)
"[she has a gift] of making the page a window, with something on the other side that we'd swear was life itself." (The New York Times Book Review)
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
Perhaps because its abridged, the characters don't ring true and the tradgedy becomes trivial -- something that these folks should just get over with and move on.
Also the narrator, while pleasent to listen to, doesn't always emphasize sentences correctly and mispronounces some words.
This book challenged my logical mind. How could an entire family's implosion for decades to follow be blamed on a date rape? The whole family banishing the victim was too much to believe.
Will read (or in this case, listen) to just about anything.
The story was interesting, but just not good - it was like listening to a mediocre made-for-TV movie. Also, the narration was frustrating - men doing the voice of multiple female characters is hard (as is the reverse), but something about J. Todd Adams as Marianne and her mother Corinne was really difficult to listen to.
I couldn't at all relate to any of the characters or understand their emotional and physical abandonment of Mary Ann. It seemed outrageous that a tight-knit, happy family and individuals could completely fall apart instead of coming together over a horrendous act that was done to one of them. I'm more than sure it's because this version is abridged.
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