This novel is set in a little known Nova Scotian community of transplanted Jamaicans and individuals of African descent (which is based on the real community of Africville). The story also moves to Montreal, Alabama, and Vermont and spans most of the twentieth century. Robin Miles's narration smooths the sometimes abrupt transitions between episodes so listeners can experience the narrative in a steadier fashion. The story centers on three generations of the Sebolt family. Through Miles's expressive portrayals of the grandmother, Kath Ella, a teacher; her son, Omar/Etienne, a college administrator; and her young grandson, Warner, listeners sense the strong pull of family bonds, as well as the debilitating power of racism upon one's identity. Splendid depictions of secondary characters, including Kath Ella's strong-willed sister, Louella, and her spirited childhood friend, Kiendra, add vibrancy. M.J. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2020]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2019
DD ISBN 9780062957634 $29.99
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