Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: June 2005
Duration: 3 hours 52 minutes
In this quietly beautiful coming-of-age story, eleven-year-old Valena lives with her family in rural Ohio where she and her cousin share experiences such as surviving a tornado and going to an amazing circus. Yet Valena lives in both the present and the past as she struggles with racism in her daily life and listens to and learns from her mother's tales of her family's proud history. Moving backward and forward in time, these pieces of Valena's life blend to form an extraordinary portrait of the ties that bind a family together over generations.
"...this semi-autobiographical novel weaves together some of [Hamilton's] childhood memories of growing up in a warm, extended family in rural Ohio....The real drama, however, is in the tales Valena hears about the people who came before her."-Booklist