When we first meet Rosa, the shawl is wrapped around her toddler, Magda, as she and her niece, Stella, are being marched somewhere. Yelena Shmulenson gives just the subtlest tinge of accent to this section so that before the text clarifies what is happening, you are guessing—Eastern Europe? The Nazi years? In the main body of the story, Rosa is an old woman retired to Miami Beach. Here, Shmulenson uses no accent, a choice that heightens Rosa's reality: On the surface, she's assimilated, American. Inside, she is utterly shattered, a permanent refugee from the time before what happened, happened. This is a memorable, harrowing work, and Shmulenson gives us Rosa's deranged inner world with perfectly modulated sensitivity and power. It will haunt you. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, SYNC 2014 © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2008]
Trade Ed. HighBridge Audio 2008
CD ISBN 978-1-59887-684-0 $18.95 Two CDs
DD ISBN 9781598877120 $13.27
Library Ed. HighBridge Audio 2008
CD ISBN 9781611745962 $42.00 Two CDs
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