Pasadena spans Linda's adventurous and romantic life, weaving the tales of her Mexican mother and her German-born father with those of the rural Pacific Coast of her youth and of the small, affluent city, Pasadena, that becomes her home.
When Linda's father returns from the war to the fishing hamlet of Baden-Baden-by-the-Sea with the darkly handsome Bruder, she glimpses love and a world beyond her own. Linda follows Bruder to the seemingly greener pastures of Pasadena, where he is the foreman of a flourishing orange ranch, the homestead and inheritance of the charming bachelor Willis Poore.
©2002 David Ebershoff; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
"A rich blend of California history in a well mastered plot that maintains an enduring element of surprise." (Booklist)
"Lorna Raver performs with great intelligence and enthusiasm. Her flexible voice reaches from sultry to shrill to raspy effortlessly." (AudioFile)
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
The subject matter is such that this story would be great in audio and print. I'd love to see it on film but I fear that a lot of the story line would be lost.
Not going there again! I've written at least five reviews about Ms. Raver in the past hour! SHE IS A MASTER! 'Nuff said!
I found the book to be a masterpiece. Does one really track their open emotions from just reading a book? No EXTREME reaction, just the satisfaction of knowing that I've experienced literary greatness.
It's really wordy at times and takes awhile to get into it but the story becomes really interesting. There are a lot of things that are left unresolved and you just have to assume specific things happened as a reader...
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