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Gantos, Jack. The love curse of the Rumbaughs.

GANTOS, Jack. The love curse of the Rumbaughs. Read by Lisa Datz. 4 cds. 4.75 hrs. Listening Library. 2006.0-7393-3559-6. $38.00. Vinyl; plot, author, reader notes. S

From the review of the book in KLIATT, May 2006: "Young Ivy, the protagonist and narrator, is part of a lineage of children who obsessively love their mothers, and since they have taxidermy skills ... well, the results are inevitable. Ivy goes through her teenage years in stages of shock and finally acceptance of this unique family practice as her own beloved mother dies. Although beautifully, almost lyrically written the story is unappealing since it deals with societal misfits who do weird things for bizarre reasons. Perhaps morbid teenagers will find the black humor fun, or possibly the story could spark a good classroom discussion on societal mores."

Datz brings to life the morbid fascination Ivy has with both the curse and the practice of taxidermy as a way to keep alive the unconditional and disconcerting love she has for her mother. Listeners will experience a skin-crawling sensation as Ivy discovers that, try as she might, her fate is undeniable and unavoidable. An uncomfortable and twisted listening experience that is sure to appeal to those who are themselves fascinated with looking more deeply into the darker side of extreme emotions and attachments to others. While this story is not for everyone, Datz's narration is disturbingly realistic and the audio is one that will stay with listeners long after they hit the stop button. Stephanie Squicciarini, Teen Svcs. Libn., Fairport PL, Fairport, NY

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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