In Zanesville

A Novel
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: DD0327
Released: Apr 25, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611200164
Narrator/s: Jo Anna Perrin
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With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the awkward and the overlooked often burns something radiant and unforgettable. The beguiling fourteen-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer. She is used to flying under the radar-a sidekick, a third wheel, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that "fudge" can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend, a similarly undiscovered girl with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood, incidents through which a world is revealed, and character is forged. In time, their friendship is tested-by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them as if they were found objects, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood.

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Author(s): Jo Ann Beard
Product Number EB00276500
Released: Apr 10, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780316134644

Professional reviews

"An unnamed first-person protagonist (or is her name Jo?) is navigating the treacherous landscape of a first summer job and the even more perilous world of high school with her best friend Felicia, aka Flea. Sadly, Jo Anna Perrin's flat narration has the listener struggling to engage with the story. She recounts all events in the same emotionless monotone. Whether recounting the horrific abuse a biker dad inflicts on his vexatious son or the 14-year-old narrator's inner battle between loyalty to her best friend and her desire to be part of the high school in-crowd, Perrin's delivery is too clinical--all facts, no feeling. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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