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The Mammoth Cheese.

Sheri Holman. 2003. Read by Laural Merlington. 13 cds. 16 hrs. Brilliance. 1-59355-115-0. $112.25. Vinyl; plot, reader notes. SA

The town of Three Chimneys, VA faces fame and notoriety in Holman's story of a community and the effect monumental events have on it. When Amanda Frank gives birth to eleven children, the national spotlight shines on the town. Just down the road, Margaret Pickett faces the loss of her dairy farm, trying to stay afloat with the help of her rebellious teenaged daughter, Polly, and August Vaughan, who works for her. August, a Jefferson interpreter, inadvertently gives Margaret the idea to recreate the 1,200 lb. cheese presented to Jefferson during his presidency as a way to highlight her plight and that of other small farmers to the new president.

Merlington handles the Southern dialect well, only occasionally overdoing it a bit. She is skilled at conveying differences in age and gender; she captures the resolute certainty of Polly's youthful proclamations so well that the listener is almost convinced. She gives August the gravity and sensitivity that befits the character as written, and captures Margaret's desperation as she sees her beloved farm about to slip away. A big, involving story that should captivate the listener. Melody Moxley, Admin. Svcs. Mgr., Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC

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