A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar

A Novel
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Product Number: DD20390
Released: May 22, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452607528
Narrator/s: Susan Duerden
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are missionaries heading for the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious calling, Eva's motives are not quite as noble, but with her green bicycle and a commission from a publisher to write A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar, she is ready for adventure.In present day London, a young woman, Frieda, returns from a long trip abroad to find a man sleeping outside her front door. She gives him a blanket and a pillow, and in the morning finds the bedding neatly folded and an exquisite drawing of a bird with a long feathery tail, some delicate Arabic writing, and a boat made out of a flock of seagulls on her wall. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni homeland, befriends Frieda and, when she learns she has inherited the contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has never heard of, they embark on an unexpected journey together.A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar explores the fault lines that appear when traditions from different parts of an increasingly globalized world crash into one other. Beautifully written, and peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, the novel interweaves the stories of Frieda and Eva, gradually revealing the links between them and the ways in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions of their societies as they make their hard-won way toward home. A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar marks the debut of a wonderfully talented new writer.

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Author(s): Suzanne Joinson
Narrator(s): Susan Duerden
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Released: Jun 02, 2015
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452627526
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Author(s): Suzanne Joinson
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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Professional reviews

"Past and present collide in Joinson's novel. In the 1920s, Eva English and her sister, Lizzie, are missionaries in Kashgar, on the Silk Road. Lizzie is there out of religious conviction, and Eva for a sense of adventure. In present-day London, Frieda returns from a trip to find that she's listed as next of kin for a dead woman she's never heard of. Susan Duerdan narrates from both women's perspectives and vocally differentiates between the two effectively. Eva's voice is almost sickeningly sweet, however, which detracts from her story, the more interesting part of the plot. Duerdan's portrayal of Frieda is more appealing, but her story at times seems superfluous. These weaknesses lead to an audio experience that doesn't quite work. J.L.K. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

Professional reviews

"Past and present collide in Joinson's novel. In the 1920s, Eva English and her sister, Lizzie, are missionaries in Kashgar, on the Silk Road. Lizzie is there out of religious conviction, and Eva for a sense of adventure. In present-day London, Frieda returns from a trip to find that she's listed as next of kin for a dead woman she's never heard of. Susan Duerdan narrates from both women's perspectives and vocally differentiates between the two effectively. Eva's voice is almost sickeningly sweet, however, which detracts from her story, the more interesting part of the plot. Duerdan's portrayal of Frieda is more appealing, but her story at times seems superfluous. These weaknesses lead to an audio experience that dusn't quite work. J.L.K. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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