Charlotte Forbes’ The Good Works of Ayela Linde: A Novel in Stories is a strange and lovely work of fiction, a selection of 16 stories which follow enigmatic protagonist Ayela Linde through her life, each employing the point of view of a different acquaintance, each reflecting a new facet of her elusive personality.
Performed by deft voice actor Roxanne Hernandez, this audiobook is an easy and enchanting listen. Hernandez has a hoarse, lilting voice which lends a certain whimsical quality to her performance; and as she gives voice to the many friends and lovers attempting to describe Ayela, you begin to feel that Hernandez may be the only person who truly understands this rich and complex character.
From an O. Henry Prize-winner, this dazzling novel in stories marks the arrival of a powerfully original and beguiling new voice in American fiction. The linked stories that make up this spare and beautifully written novel follow the life of Ayela, the illegitimate daughter of a Mexican dressmaker, and create a portrait, composite yet intriguingly incomplete, that captures the complexity of who she was.
©2006, 2011 Charlotte Forbes (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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