This gentle story of human connection thrives under narrator Emily Rankin's care. May Attaway, a gardener at a university, is awarded an unprecedented month's leave for helping a professor win a poetry award. She cultivated the poem's subject: a yew tree. May had moved home to help care for her ailing mother, who soon died tragically--details are unclear at first. Ever since, May has found her solitary life empty. Her solution, with Emily Post as her etiquette guide, is to use her leave to reconnect with friends. One of Rankin's contributions to the audio's success is how she highlights May's occasional lack of self-awareness. Small but significant decisions in voicing May's dialogue provide clues that a reader might miss on the printed page. K.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2019]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2019
DD ISBN 9781984888860 $17.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2019
DD ISBN 9781984888877 $57.00
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