And when Nora takes a job teaching the first integrated honors class at the local high school, it looks like she might stay forever. But it becomes clear that something is troubling her. Peyton knows it's more than the local gossips who don't like Nora's "unsouthern" ways. When the shocking truth comes to light, it will stun this small segregated town and, more importantly, teach Peyton a lesson she will never forget about love and its enormous cost.
"In addition to her impeccable re-creation of Southern speech and atmosphere, Siddons captures the angst of adolescence with practiced skill, and she handles the rising drama of her plot so smoothly that the book has all the marks of bestsellerdom." (Publishers Weekly)
Would you listen to Nora, Nora again? Why?
Yes, having heard nothing of this book previously, I thought the blurb sounded interesting and bought it. It begins with a very angery child trying to find her place in her southern town and into womanhood. All the characters are very well portrayed down to the secondary, and passer by characters. I liked the relationships with Nora, her Grandma and her father, as well as her frienemies in the Loosers Club. This book would have gotten 5 stars if it had not had a very strange and unresolved plot line via the grandmother before her death that was underdeveloped and caused the girl to act out of character. I didn't understand why it was in there if she wasn't going to do anything else with it, but even with this very annoying bit in it the book, overall, fantastic. For some reason it gave me the To Kill a Mocking Bird feel, but I'm not sure why. I recomend this book.
Have you listened to any of Debra Monk’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, but I liked this one.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No, not any one part over another.
Slow to get going with many characters, but then about half way through it settles down and finds a nice pace. Use of language is lovely, descriptions good. Would be ideal for a young adult. I enjoyed it. The reader is absolutely brilliant, and I found this story through tracking the reader. If you like the reader of this story, see also The Snow Child.