"I expect you might think the story I am about to tell you is untrue or perversely gothic in some unhealthy way. You might even think I've exaggerated the facts in order to twist this book into a modern-day metaphor on the exploitation of human creation, as did Mary Shelley with Frankenstein. Maybe you'll think I'm trying to spook you with a psychological tale of a murderous double as Edgar Allan Poe wrote in "William Wilson," or to stir up family shame as Hawthorne did in The House of the Seven Gables. But my story is entirely different."
So begins Jack Gantos' unnerving drama about three generations of family and friends in a small western Pennsylvania town, held together by the secrets of obsessional mother love–a love so blood-bound that, once revealed, it has no choice but to turn against its keepers.
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by Jack Skillingstead
by Jack Higgins
by Jack Myers
by R.L. Stine
by Jack McDevitt
by Jack Ferraro
by Jack Todd
by Shelly Ellis
by Cydney Rax
by Grace Octavia
"When 16-year-old Ivy learns that her father is one of the two aged, identical Rumbaugh twins, the surprise is overshadowed by her obsessive love for her mother. But if the Rumbaugh curse plays true in Ivy's veins, she may take her inherited knack for taxidermy too far. With skill, Lisa Datz brings the subtle, dark humor laced throughout the story to the surface. She also does an admirable job delivering various international accents and the Rumbaugh twins' clipped way of communicating. Datz's crowning achievement with this performance, however, is her projecting of a confidence and chilling intelligence in Ivy that leaves listeners believing in her dark destiny. J.M.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"