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by Julianna Baggott | Read by Susan Silo, Jodi Carlisle, Christine Lakin, Katie Koster

The author of six books (and perhaps a seventh?), Harriet Wolf had an early life that was characterized by bizarre and varied events. Her story is revealed in a series of alternating monologues that are perfectly suited to audio and expertly delivered by an ensemble of voices. Harriet details her unusual birth, her 13 years at the Maryland Home for Feeble Children, her recognition as a girl genius, and her lifelong love for a fellow inmate. Jodi Carlisle depicts Harriet’s anxious, resentful daughter, Eleanor, while Katie Koster and Christine Lakin offer spot-on portrayals of her granddaughters, agoraphobic/claustrophobic Tilton and prodigal Ruth. But Harriet is the story’s heart. Susan Silo is outstanding as she rasps and whispers her droll asides, skewering characters with choice observations. Part romance, part mystery, this completely engaging and wondrous tale is an audiobook listeners will want to hear again ASAP. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFIle Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine