Cassandra Campbell's haunting narration of Oates's latest novel amplifies the sad urgency that infuses the story. It is told from the point of view of Michaela, a writer who is facing the death of her husband from cancer. As the story progresses, that point of view becomes increasingly unreliable. Listeners may sometimes find themselves scratching their heads at the plot turns as Michaela's mind becomes ravaged by grief, then distracted by other possibilities open to her. While the novel itself is sad and draining to get through, Campbell perseveres, imbuing Michaela with a humanity that words alone do not convey. Oates's many fans will find much to enjoy in this novel, and Campbell's performance brings her unique voice to life. D.G.P. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2021]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780063085503 $26.99
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