Thirty-four year old Ruby Bridge is a not-too-successful comedienne who uses her mother, a nationally-syndicated "moral and spiritual counselor" as the main fodder for her cynical, rather bitter humor. Her mother Nora, long divorced from Ruby's father, is a woman whose past is just about to catch up with her - in the form of blackmail by a former lover. After an accident (an attempted suicide?) Ruby returns to care for her stricken mother - bitterly resenting the fact that once again her mother's life has colonized hers. When she is approached by a publisher to write a biography of her mother, Ruby is desperate for the princely sum offered. Yet her research into her mother's past reveals a woman very different from the one Ruby expected. And what began as "mommy dearest" ends as a love story - not only between mother and daughter, but involving two very different men who play a key role in linking the past to the present.
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"Forgiveness is never easy, and the complications in a mother-daughter relationship only increase the challenge. Years ago, Nora Bridge left her daughters and husband to save her own sanity. Now, a scandal brings the family together again, and they struggle toward the understanding and compassion they all crave. Joyce Bean offers her own compassionate reading, delicately shading the emotional passages with layers of truth. Her male characters, who are secondary to the plot, sound similar, but the female protagonists receive distinct person-alities in Bean's performance. As Nora, Ruby, and Caroline Bridge learn to open up to one another, they acquire depth of character in text and performance, which blend perfectly in this production. R.P.L. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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