With everything happening on Helen Peppe's backwoods Maine farm-ferocious sibling rivalry, rock-bottom poverty, feral male chauvinism, sex in the hayloft-life was out of control, even for the animals. Despite the chaos, in telling her family's story, Peppe manages deadpan humor, an unerring eye for the absurd, and a touching compassion for her utterly overwhelmed parents. While her feisty resilience and candor will inevitably remind readers of Jeannette Walls or Mary Karr, Peppe's wry insight and moments of tenderness with family and animals are entirely her own.
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by Ilona Andrews
by Helen Lester
by Helen Fielding
by Helen Frost
by Vanessa Williams, Helen Williams
by Sara Shepard
by Renee Watson
by William S. Burroughs
by Caitlin Doughty
by Richard Wright
"Narrator Renee Raudman is engaging through the ups and downs of the authorÕs difficult childhood in rural Maine, where she grew up the youngest of nine children in a dysfunctional family. Taking solace in her books and her animals, Peppe had to overcome many obstacles to arrive at a place of contentment in her life. Raudman affects a voice full of wonder for PeppeÕs childhood self, an impatient and disapproving tone for her harried mother, and a subtly wheedling tone for an older man with a prurient interest in the preteen Helen. These vocal characterizations help to distinguish the various characters, which is useful since the author opted not to use most peopleÕs names but rather to assign them complicated nicknames. This narrative device at times becomes repetitive and distracting. Nonetheless, Raudman's varied tones help to keep the story afloat. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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