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Burnt Mountain : a novel
Siddons, Anne Rivers.
Adult Fiction SIDDONS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Thayer Wentworth and her husband, Irish professor Aengus, live a contented existence in Atlanta, just a few miles from Burnt Mountain's Camp Edgewood-where Thayer spent her summers and first found love. But when Aengus is invited to tell Irish folk tales to campers at Edgewood, he becomes increasingly distant, and Thayer is forced to confront not only her past but also her family and her husband's dark secrets. Kate Reading's narration is steady and precise; she offers up a dramatic performance and infuses her narration with a hint of a Southern accent, its influence lingering politely behind her vowels. But it is in the book's dialogue that Reading shines brightest, producing an assortment of twangs, drawls, burrs, and even a brogue. A Grand Central hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Thayer Wentworth's life starts fairy tale-like-beloved father and grandmother, rich family, idyllic Southern childhood-until her father dies in a terrible accident on Burnt Mountain. She discovers her first love at camp and loses him owing to her mother's betrayal. She later finds solace in her Irish college professor, marrying him in spite of her mother. Thayer eventually abandons her husband on Burnt Mountain, coming full circle. Sadly, what begins as a lush Southern saga filled with family drama ends as a disjointed Celtic fable with nothing linking the two. Thayer's growing dissatisfaction with her husband feels forced, and his decline into possible lunacy an afterthought. An incongruous time line with extraneous, underdeveloped characters, incoherent foreshadowing, and several abandoned story lines leave the listener utterly confused. Kate Reading's wonderful narration, unfortunately, doesn't save the audiobook. [See Prepub Alert, 1/9/11; the Grand Central hc, published in July, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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