The Condition

Jennifer Haigh, Author, Jennifer Van Dyck, Performed by
Jennifer Haigh, Author, Jennifer Van Dyck, Performed by , read by Jennifer Van Dyck. HarperAudio $39.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-155992-1
Reviewed on: 08/25/2008
Release date: 07/01/2008

Haigh’s third novel relates the heartbreaking story of Gwen McKotche, a young woman inflicted with Turner’s syndrome, which will forever trap her in the body of a child, and her family’s trials and tribulations. With flawed yet honest and caring characters, Jennifer Van Dyck relates the story in a believable voice drenched in sadness without editorializing. Van Dyck delivers a solid reading that displays her knack for emotional storytelling while still allowing her audience the privilege of commanding their own emotions for the majority of the tale. Van Dyck never tries to force sympathy and tears from her audience, but will have no problem bringing them to the surface of each listener. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 18). (July)

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