Kim Barnes is an award-winning memoirist, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a poet whose works have appeared in many literary magazines. In Finding Caruso, she creates an unforgettable novel of two brothers and the complex ties that bind them. Alternately dark and violent, heartbreaking and tender, it is a coming-of-age tale that is both timeless and contemporary.
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"On their Oklahoma farm, brothers Buddy and Lee Hope suffer a brutal alcoholic father. After their parents die in a car crash, the brothers begin a journey that brings them face-to-face with a world filled with racism, betrayal, and despair. Kim Barnes's descriptions ring with poetry and truth, though her plotting lacks precision. In this coming-of-age story, Scott Shina gives an engaging performance. His reading is intelligent and engrossing, but his mature baritone falls short of the mark as 17-year-old Buddy. Shina sounds too worldly to be the ingenuous young man having his first affair with an older woman. Barnes creates a world of the afflicted and dissolute and, while the plot gets cumbersome and the writing occasionally heavy-handed, the characters are believable and substantial. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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