Narrator Lisa Flanagan uses her considerable skills to become Rose Pastor, a Russian-Jewish immigrant who landed first in London; then in Cleveland, as a sweatshop cigar roller; and finally, in 1903, in New York City. While involved with the Settlement House movement and the new Socialist Party, Pastor met and married James Graham Phelps Stokes, heir to one of the blue blood fortunes of the time. Flanagan uses soft, emotional tones for the voice of Rose Pastor Stokes, shifts to a steady reading of the narrative and footnotes, tackles Yiddish terms, and uses deeper tones for the men's voices. Flanagan breathes life into this charismatic, radical leader, narrating her rise from rags to riches, and back to rags, along with details of her interactions with other party members and well-known twentieth-century social reformers. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2020]
Trade Ed. HMH Books 2020
DD ISBN 9780358313168 $30.00
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