Personal Effects

CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: BN5401
Released: May 13, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781480586314
Narrator/s: Nick Podehl
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Seventeen-year-old Matt Foster thought that if he could only get his hands on his brother's stuff from Iraq, he'd be able to make sense of his death. He wasn't expecting T.J.'s personal effects to raise even more questions about his life. Now, even if it means pushing his dad over the edge . . . even if it means losing his best friend . . . even if it means getting expelled from school . . . Matt will do whatever it takes to find out the truth about his brother's past. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief and self-discovery in this powerful first novel.

Professional reviews

"It's spring 2007. Seven months ago T.J. died in Iraq, and his younger brother, Matt, is still grieving. With trouble at school and his dad insisting that he "man up," Matt struggles to control his anger and grief while searching for a way to connect with his big brother. Nick Podehl narrates this emotionally wrenching story in Matt's voice, moving seamlessly between details of T.J.'s last leave and Matt's search for something of T.J. to hold on to. Podehl emphasizes Matt's urgency and confusion, as expressed in the author's short sentences. In varying the speed of his narration, Podehl heightens the story's tension, keeping the listener eager for Matt to find closure. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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