Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9781984828019 $15.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2018
DD ISBN 9781984828026 $47.50
Lucy Paterson narrates this novel as if she wrote it herself. The searching, slightly hesitant quality in her voice perfectly matches the unnamed protagonist's struggle to reconcile her desire for children with her fears that the early death of her mother and her troubled relationships with other relatives may impede her caregiving ability. To settle her apprehensions, she researches scientists who strove for transparency in their work, including Röntgen's discovery of the X-ray and Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theories. This audiobook is a recent entry in the subgenre of autofiction (fictionalized autobiography) on the ambiguities of motherhood. While its meditative tone is not for everyone, the honest reflections of the protagonist coupled with her sharp observations make for a compelling listen. M.J. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2019]
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