A woman washes ashore in Sicily. She has come from north Africa to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old by his father and stolen away to Berlin. With nothing but her maid's uniform and a knife stashed in a plastic bag, she relies on strangers - some generous, some exploiting - to guide her passage north. These strangers tell of their encounters with a quiet, mysterious woman in a blue coat - each account a different view of the truth, a different truth. And slowly these fragments of a life piece together to create a spellbinding story of the courage of a mother and the versions of
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by Lloyd Jones
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"The gritty details of this story are not for the faint of heart. The adult content, including sexual exploitation and the harsh conditions of migrant life, is delivered with deep feeling by Humphrey Bower. He captures the novel's African narrator with a gentle, poetic cadence that is pleasing to the ear and evokes sympathy for his convoluted journey. He also keeps up with the wide cast of characters by giving each his or her own distinctive verbal element through a difference in pitch or tone. This is a story of misuse, mistrust, and exploitation, and Bower inspires all the right emotions in his heartfelt reading. M.R. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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