Written By: Kaye Gibbons

Narrated By: Kaye Gibbons

Date: April 2004

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


A powerful new novel from the bestselling author of Ellen Foster
Autumn, 1918: Rumors of peace are spreading across America, but spreading even faster are the first cases of Spanish influenza, whispering of the epidemic to come. Maureen Ross, well past a safe childbearing age, is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. Her husband, Troop -- cold and careless of her condition -- is an emotional cripple who has battered her spirit throughout their marriage. As Maureen's time grows near, she becomes convinced she will die in childbirth. Into this loveless ménage comes Mary Oliver, Troop's niece. The sheltered child of a well-to-do freethinking Washington family, Mary arrives to help Maureen in the last weeks of her confinement. Horrified by Troop's bullying, she soon discovers that her true duty is to protect her aunt.
As influenza spreads and the death toll grows, Troop's spiteful behaviors worsen. Tormenting his wife, taunting her for her 'low birth,' Troop terrorizes the household. When Mary fights back, he goes over the edge. Maureen rallies with a stunning confrontation and, ultimately, finds spiritual renewal.


  • Caroline Norris

    This might have been a good read, however the author/narrator's vocal performance was monotonous and without any inflection or emotion. The result was that I couldn't get past the first disk.

  • Anonymous

    A couple of Kaye Gibbons' books are truly wonderful: Ellen Foster, and Charms for the Easy Life are well worth reading. Others she has written are not as successful, and this one is the weakest. The characters are flat and stereotypical -- Troop is a horrifying bully with no redeeming value, Maureen is an angelic saint, and the two black servants are long-suffering, downtrodden victims. Mary, the young narrator, comes from an entertainingly eccentric family, but that's just a background detail. Gibbons' talents are real and nobody should skip her other books just because this one's a dud.

  • Anonymous

    The author is the reader of this book. Unfortunately, her style is a monotone. The book is needlessly sappy and the character development is not convincing. There are, however, some interesting narrative constructions which save the book from being a total wash. The background of the Spanish influenza and the World War also add some redeeming qualities. Use this selection as a "filler" while waiting for a better one.....

  • Anonymous

    Although the book itself was interesting the reader/author was unbelievably bad! Her near-monotone voice made it next to impossible to identify changes of character until you were well into whatever it was they were saying. PLEASE! Don't allow authors to read their own works unless they have demonstrated reading skills on a level with professional readers.

  • Anonymous

    A wonderful book, inspiring! Kaye Gibbons is a great narator!

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