San Miguel

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (16.17 hours)
Product Number: Z05566
Released: Sep 18, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470302061
Narrator/s: Barbara Caruso
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New York Times best-selling author T. C. Boyle is a recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award and has been named a finalist for the National Book Award. San Miguel follows two families attempting to forge new futures on an island off Southern California. In 1888, Marantha and her husband, a Civil War veteran, hope that life on the island will restore her failing health, but soon the locale's brutal isolation begins to take its toll. Decades later, Elise and Herbie find fulfillment in San Miguel, but the spectre of WWII threatens to change everything.

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CD
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Author(s): T.C. Boyle
Narrator(s): Barbara Caruso
Product Number C00820
Released: Sep 19, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470302054
MP3 CD
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Author(s): T.C. Boyle
Narrator(s): Barbara Caruso
Product Number MP0684
Released: Nov 28, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470325770
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Author(s): T.C. Boyle
Product Number EB00394433
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101601228

Professional reviews

"The harsh conditions on the tiny island of San Miguel are both denigrated and praised by two families trying to survive there--one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s. Barbara Caruso's performance champions the perspectives of the women who struggled at sheep ranching while coping with family, weather, and isolation. Despite her expert forays into their emotional upheavals, Caruso's voice just does not convey youth of the mid-30s or teen heroines. She expresses well Marantha's (1888) petulant, spiteful, and prudish emotions, which occasionally melt into bored complacency. In contrast, Elise (1930) embraces the adventure and the island's natural beauty, but her youthful vigor and appreciative attitude is lost in Caruso's interpretation. Boyle infuses this historical novel with fine period detail and imaginative insights into these strong characters. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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