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May 29th, 2009
From Audiofile Magazine
In this stunning novel of Biafra’s doomed war for independence from Nigeria, Robin Miles brings a complex world and explosive era to vivid life. Her protagonists are Olanna and Kainene, British-schooled sisters from a wealthy Igbo family; Kainene’s English lover and Olanna’s academic revolutionary one; and Ugwu, a young houseboy from a tribal village. Miles switches effortlessly from Oxbridge accents to the fierce clicking speech of Igbo, Fulani, and Hausa militants and to the familiar drawl of an American expatriate from the Deep South in this compelling story of idealism and slaughter. Miles’s performance is extraordinary. She never gets lost in a sentence, she never botches an accent or fails to make a character live, and her pacing is perfect. You won’t soon forget it. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2009]
AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
August 24th, 2009
From Publishers Weekly – Review of Hardcover Edition
Frank (Sullivan’s Island) creates a world in which aspiring writer Beth Hayes, whose chirpy internal monologues and quiet uncertainties make her easily endearing, is as much a character as the house she lives in. After graduating from college in Boston, Beth returns to the South to spend a year house-sitting her family’s home, Island Gamble, while her mother, Susan, visits Paris. Frank’s portrayal of a large and complicated family is humorous and precise: there’s Susan, adoring and kind; Aunt Maggie, a stickler for manners; twin aunts Sophie and Allison, who run an exercise-and-vitamin empire; and uncles Timmy and Henry, the latter of whom has ties to Beth’s trust fund. Frank’s lovable characters occasionally stymie her pace; there’s almost no room left for Beth’s friends or her love affairs with sleazy Max Mitchell and cherubic Woody Morrison, though these become important later on. Frank is frequently funny, and she weaves in a dark undercurrent that incites some surprising late-book developments. Tight storytelling, winsomely oddball characters and touches of Southern magic make this a winner. (July)
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