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  • ISBN: 0804166250 :
  • ISBN: 9780804166256 :
  • Physical Description: 9 sound discs (681 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
    sound disc
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  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: Westminster, MD : Books on Tape, 2014

Content descriptions

General Note: Duration: 11:21:00.
Compact discs.
Title from web page.
Participant or Performer Note: Read by Bernadette Dunne.
Summary, etc.: "An emotionally-charged, brilliantly realized novel set in the l930's about five American women--Gold Star Mothers--who travel to France to visit the graves of their WWI soldier sons: a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways. The women meet for the first time just before their journey begins: Katie, an Irish maid from Dorchester, Massachusetts; Minnie, wife of an immigrant Russian Jewish chicken farmer; Bobbie, a wealthy Boston socialite ; Wilhelmina, a former tennis star in precarious mental health; and Cora Blake, a single mother and librarian from coastal Maine. In Paris, Cora meets a journalist whose drug habit helps him hide from his own war-time fate--facial wounds so grievous he's forced to wear a metal mask. This man will change Cora's life in wholly unexpected ways. And when the women finally travel to Verdun to visit the battlegrounds where their sons fought as well as the cemeteries where they are buried, shocking events -a death, a scandal, a secret revealed--will guarantee that Cora's life and those of her traveling companions will become inextricably intertwined, and only now will they be able to emerge from their grief and return home to their loved ones. This is a timeless story set against a footnote of history: little known but unforgettable.."--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews - Audio And Video Online Reviews 1991-2018
    Cora Blake is a "Gold Star Mother"—meaning she gets the honor of traveling first class to France to visit the grave of her son after the First World War. She is accompanied by many other grieving mothers, eager for a chance to bid farewell to their sons overseas. In Paris, Cora encounters the enigmatic Associated Press reporter Griffin Reed, who carries physical and emotional scars from the war. This little-known trip, funded by the U.S. government, sets the dramatic tone for Smith's first historical novel, warmly narrated by Dunne. Dunne's raspy, nostalgic voice carries the listener to a simpler time, sharing the heartache of the muffled grief of many mothers who made the wrenching decision to bury their sons in France. The hard-edged reporter's inflections suggest a gruff fairness in Dunne's husky alto. However, her foreign accents leave something to be desired, as both the Irish American and Jewish American mothers' voices seem unpolished. This is a cozy listening experience for readers looking for a slower-paced historical read. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

APRIL SMITH is the author the FBI Special Agent Ana Grey novels. She is also a television screenwriter and producer. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband.

Subject: Mothers and sons Fiction
Parental grief Fiction
United States History 1919-1933 Fiction
World War, 1914-1918 Fiction
Cemeteries France Verdun Fiction
Genre: Love stories.
War stories.
Historical fiction.

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