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The Cutting Season

The Cutting Season

Audio Library Digital

09/18/2012

729 minutes

9781611209532

Playaway

09/18/2012

729 minutes

9781611209549

Description:

Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house she has managed for four years. Today she sees nothing unusual, apart from some ground that has been dug up. Assuming an animal has been out after dark, she asks the gardener to tidy it up. Not long afterwards, he calls her to say it's a dead body. At a distance, she missed her. Now she has police on site, an investigation in progress, and a member of staff no one can track down. As she's drawn into the dead girl's story, she makes shattering discoveries about the future of Belle Vie, the secrets of its past, and sees, more clearly than ever, that Belle Vie is not to be trusted.

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3 out of 4 stars. ...dripping with southern Gothic atmosphere... Equal parts murder mystery and family drama, the novel also draws readers in through its considerations of African-American history and life in post-Katrina Louisiana., USA Today

...has all the necessary elements for a resonant story about a seemingly modern woman who is forced to come to terms with the long-buried past., The New York Times

Locke charts the South's troubled progress since slavery through a surfeit of subplots., Publishers Weekly

Locke's second novel is written with fluidity and elegance, evoking the uniqueness of her setting and the nuances in the relationships of her characters, complicated by race, class and history., Kirkus

Quincy Tyler Bernstine's accomplished stage presence lets listeners feel the protagonist's fear as she approaches the restored slave quarters her ancestors inhabited, the love in her voice as she talks to her daughter, and the condescension in the voice of the plantation owner as he addresses her. The strong narration and breadth of the story combine for unique glimpses into the depth of the human condition., AudioFile Magazine

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