Narrator Emily Woo Zeller's performance starts stoically but keeps listeners engaged as this novel progresses to a gently powerful conclusion. Zeller portrays Natsu, a woman seeking her purpose, including whether to have children. Her sister, Makiko, plans to get breast implants. Jeena Yi, delivering the voice of Makiko's daughter, Midoriko, perfectly captures the spirit of a recalcitrant girl who journals about her experiences of growing into adolescence. Kawakai's audiobook begins as a blog; passages feel like anecdotes of observant humor. Many of the story's details are specific to life in Japan, yet the themes of womanhood are universal. Zeller's performance is key as she keeps the listener grounded throughout Natsu's journey. S.P.C. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2020]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9781094191812 $22.95
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