Lark and Termite

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.82 hours)
Product Number: Z1342
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781456109523
Narrator/s: James Yaegashi
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A rich, many-layered novel from one of our major writers, her first in nine years. Set in the 1950s in West Virginia and Korea, it is a story of the power of loss and love, the echoing ramifications of war, family secrets, dreams and ghosts, and the unseen, almost magical bonds that unite and sustain us. At its center: Lark and her brother, Termite, a child unable to walk and talk but full of radiance; their mother, Lola; their aunt, Nonie, who raises them; and Termite's father, Corporal Robert Leavitt, who finds himself caught up in the chaotic early months of the Korean War. Told with enormous imagination and deep feeling, the novel invites us into the hearts and thoughts of each of the leading characters; even into Termite's intricate, shuttered consciousness. We are with Leavitt, trapped by friendly fire. We see Lark's hopes for herself and Termite, and how she makes them happen. We learn of Lola's love for her soldier husband and children, and unravel the mystery of her relationship with Nonie. We discover the lasting connections between past and future on the night the town experiences an overwhelming flood, and we follow Lark and Termite as their lives are changed forever.


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Lark and Termite
Product Number: BX00003889
Product Number:Z1342
Product Number:C5063

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All formats/editions

Author(s): Jayne Anne Phillips
Narrator(s): James Yaegashi
Product Number C5063
Released: Jan 26, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781436197922
Author(s): Jayne Anne Phillips
Product Number EB00169804
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307271273

Professional reviews

"Phillips creates a story about the strength and danger of devotion. Kate Forbes is a standout as Lark, a West Virginia teenager who was left as a baby to be raised by her aunt and whose first love is Termite, her severely disabled half-brother, who was sent nine years later to the same aunt. All the narration is first-rate. James Yaegashi portrays Termite's father, whose parallel story unfolds in war-torn South Korea, and Cynthia Darlow portrays the long-suffering Aunt Noni. All these characters are beautifully drawn, but it's really Lark who steals your heart, voiced here as gentle and good but with a backbone of pure steel. Forbes makes you believe completely in her decision to devote her life to caring for her brother. D.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"