Paper Moon meets the Blitz in this original black comedy, set in World War II England, chronicling an unlikely alliance between a small time con artist and a young orphan evacuee. When Noel Bostock-aged ten, no family-is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge-a thirty-six-year old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it. Noel's mourning his godmother Mattie, a former suffragette. Wise beyond his years, raised with a disdain for authority and an eclectic attitude toward education, he has little in common with other children and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war's provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs-and what she's never had-is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together, they cook up a scheme. Crisscrossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war-and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn't actually safe at all...?
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"Narrator Karen Cass brings charm and a touch of drama to this affecting story of what happens when impulsive 30-something Vera takes in practical 10-year-old Noel, an orphan who has been evacuated to the suburbs of London during WWII. Cass's broad vocal register and ability to render a range of British accents bring authenticity to the dialogue as Noel and Vera cross paths with a variety of Londoners while they implement money-making cons. Cass's excellent pacing carries listeners smoothly from quiet moments, as when Noel misses his late godmother, to the action, as when Vera is caught outside during a bombing. Listeners will be entranced by Cass's portrayals of two lost souls who discover they make a good team and a solid family. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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