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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water. (Audiobooks: Fiction).

Michael Dorris. 1987/2003. Read by Barbara Rosenblat. 12 cds. 14.75 hrs. Audio Bookshelf. 1-883332-96-6. $84.95. Vinyl; plot, reader notes.

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Dorris' first novel is an involving and insightful look at three generations of a family, told by a daughter, mother, and grandmother. It begins with 15-year-old Rayona, the daughter of an Indian mother and a black father. Rayona is dealing with her mother's illness and subsequent abandonment; her mother Christine tells the story of her own adolescence and relationships with the brother she adored and her difficult mother; and Ida, Christine's mother, reveals the secrets of her past that have shaped the lives of her family.

Rosenblat's narration is extraordinary as she creates and maintains separate and distinct voices for the three women, in each case capturing the personality, life experiences, and age. Her notable narration as Ida conveys the intonation and accent of a person for whom English is a second language. There is some strong language here, which may not be appropriate for all students. That caveat aside, students will identify strongly with Rayona and with her mother and grandmother as each tells about her own growing up. An excellent choice for all collections. Melody A. Moxley Admin. Svcs. Mgr.. Rowan P.L.. Salisbury NC
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Author:Moxley, Melody A.
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Date:Jul 1, 2003
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