William DeMeritt's versatile narration eases listeners into the unsettled landscape of late-Civil-War-era Georgia in this powerfully affecting novel. This ambitious debut explores themes of forgiveness, family, pride, community, and the societal costs of racism and injustice. The violence in this world is startling but never surprising. DeMeritt's vibrant and convincing portrayals of a wide cast of memorable local residents will linger in listeners' minds. Particularly impressive are DeMerittt's depictions of female characters, especially Isabelle, whose resolve and wisdom come through in his quiet, authentic tones. He expresses the complex emotional dimensions of Isabelle's husband, George, and their idealistic son, Caleb, as well as the two recently emancipated Black brothers, Landry and Prentiss, who are enlisted to work on their farm. A rewarding listen. M.J. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2021]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9781549102332 $25.98
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