Author(s): Francisco X. Stork
Original Publish Date: Jan 10, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.47 hours)
Product Number: Z100024081
Released: Jan 10, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307967978
Narrator/s: Carrington MacDuffie
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kate is bound for Stanford and an M.D.—if her family will let her go. Mary wants to stay home and paint. When their loving but repressive father dies, they must figure out how to support themselves and their mother, who is in a permanent vegetative state. Then three men sway their lives: Kate's boyfriend Simon offers to marry her, providing much-needed stability. Mary is drawn to Marcos, though she fears his violent past. And Andy tempts Kate with more than romance, recognizing her ambition because it matches his own. Kate and Mary find new possibilities and darknesses in their sudden freedom. But it's Mama's life that might divide them for good—the question of if she lives, and what's worth living for.

Professional reviews

"Kate and Mary Romero live in present-day El Paso, but their father, a minister, has isolated them from modern temptations, including the Internet. When he dies unexpectedly, the teenagers are left alone to cope with the outside world; take care of their mother, who is in a persistent vegetative state; and decide on their futures. Narrator Carrington MacDuffie's expressive reading is a good match for Kate and Mary, who are each struggling with different aspects of religious faith, family obligations, and personal ambition. However, MacDuffie's mostly neutral accent makes it difficult for listeners to remember that the Romeros are Latinos, and her vocalizations of older men are not strong. Further, one hears a tone of whininess to the girls' dialogue, which is slightly off-putting. C.B.L. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"