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The Cape Ann

A Novel
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
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A disarmingly involving portrait of a family struggling to stay together through the Great Depression, The Cape Ann is an unforgettable story of life from a child's-eye view. 

Lark Erhardt, the six-year-old narrator of The Cape Ann, and her fiercely independent mother dream of owning their own house; they have their hearts set on the Cape Ann, chosen from a house catalog. But when Lark's father's gambling threatens the down payment her mother has worked so hard to save, Lark's mother takes matters into her own indomitable hands.

©1988, 2010 Faith Sullivan (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • STILLWATER, MN, United States
  • 05-02-19

An all-time favorite finally on audiobook!

I read this book years ago, and it has honestly stuck with me for decades.
Some may not like that Lark is a bit more precocious than perhaps she should be for her age, but that did not stop me from appreciating the story from an intelligent child's perspective. I felt like she gave just the right perspective: smart enough to grasp enough of it to give us a vivid picture but without being tainted by age, pain, and hardness.

I have always felt like this was a beautiful story of a mother and daughter taking what they wanted out of life instead of settling for what life was giving them. Lark's mother knew what she wanted, and even during hard times she refused to give up and settle on her good-for-nothing husband. It reminded me, as a teenager years ago, to not settle for less than I wanted.

As far as the audible recording, I am still listening to it, but so far I'm feeling like Karissa did a great job bringing the Lark I pictured in my mind all those years ago to life. I'm super happy I discovered this book as an audiobook!