Narrators James Tang and Kulap Vilaysack capture diverse emotions in this moving collection of stories about the lives of new immigrants. In the title story, Tang brings out a Laotian girl's complex emotions after her father wrongly instructs her on how to pronounce the word "knife." Tang's spot-on syntax and versatile range of voices are also highlighted in "Chik-A-Chee" and "Randy Travis." Vilaysack's narration is equally dynamic and evocative. Her plainspoken portrayals of an 8-year-old girl who is getting candid life lessons from her great-grandmother in "Ewwrrrkkl" and a young woman who works as a worm picker in "Picking Worms" convey chagrin, pride, and unspoken tenderness. Sensitive and expressive, Tang and Vilaysack's performances showcase these unobtrusive yet powerful stories. M.F. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2020]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2020
DD ISBN 978-1-5491-1953-8 $25.98
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