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The Other Side of the Sun

By: Madeleine L'Engle
Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
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Publisher's Summary

A young British bride is caught up in her new family's complicated history in this atmospheric novel set in the American South after the Civil War.

When nineteen-year-old Stella marries Theron Renier, she has no idea what kind of clan she's joined. Soon after their arrival at Illyria, the Reniers' rambling beachside home, Theron is sent on a diplomatic mission, leaving Stella alone with his family.

As she tries to settle into her new life, Stella quickly discovers that the Reniers are not what they seem. Trapped in a world unlike anything she's ever known, vulnerable Stella attempts to uncover her new family's dangerous secrets—and stirs up a darkness that was meant to stay buried.

From the beloved, National Book Award–winning author of A Wrinkle in Time, The Other Side of the Sun showcases Madeleine L'Engle's talent for involving and suspenseful storytelling.

©1971 Madeleine L’Engle Franklin (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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very engaging!

What made the experience of listening to The Other Side of the Sun the most enjoyable?

The story grabs you and you think about it even when not listening to it.

What did you like best about this story?

It brought history alive even though it is fiction.

What about Sarah Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

She does the voices of each character so well. Loved her accents!

Who was the most memorable character of The Other Side of the Sun and why?

Of course the main character, the wife of Theron, both when she is 19 and as an older lady.

Any additional comments?

This story gives me anew appreciation of what the colored people went through after the civil war.

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I really wanted to like this book...

I kept hanging IB there thinking it would improve, but this was very disappointing. Contrived and silly story and borderline offensive. I can't recommend.

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deep, engaging, virtuosic performance

A multi-faceted education about racism, written with generous understanding and wisdom. Also fun to read.

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Accents and acting perfect

I have loved this book since I first read it 35 years ago at the age of sixteen. It has been my go to book. However, being a yankee, I never heard it in my head with the true, appropriate, accents for each character. Each character was well acted and they came to life for me even more than all the times I’ve read it myself.

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Put me to sleep

If you have insomnia, this is the book for you.
The Other Side of the Sun features a huge cast of characters, nearly no plot, and a sing Southern Bell narrative voice.
I'm returning it.

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Love Story ❤️ with Some Hate

Struggled though this book. It felt racist. I wasn't crazy about the story line. I could tell which way it was going.