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by Joshilyn Jackson | Read by Joshilyn Jackson

The lives of Shandi and William intersect during a convenience store robbery and its subsequent revelations. Author Joshilyn Jackson’s voice delivers the protagonists’ heartbreaking pasts with delicate sensitivity. Shandi, a struggling college student, must cope with her gifted 3-year-old son, Natty, while William, a brilliant geneticist, struggles to reconcile faith and science in the loss of his wife and daughter. Jackson’s innocent tone of wonder keeps the story from descending into unremitting melancholy. Her voice for Natty is delightful while Shandi’s drawl is equally pleasant to hear. She captures William’s Asperger’s in an authentic way with a slightly stiff yet warm voice. Enlivening flashbacks as well as Jackson’s careful pacing and voicings will keep listeners engaged. C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine