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Changing faces [sound recording]
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Adult Fiction ROBY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Three performers give a warm, believable feeling to this tale of friendship. Polk is the standout here: as Whitney, she latches onto the reader like a best friend eager to spill all her news. Whether bemoaning her inability to lose weight or expressing her outrage at her mother's criticisms and personal digs, Polk makes Whitney a completely real, lovable and amusingly overexcitable character. Williams takes a more thoughtful approach to the character of Taylor, a successful lawyer who learns she may have cancer. Taylor is the calm, reasonable one of the trio-the mediator between her two volatile friends-and Williams's soothing voice suits her role perfectly. As Charisse, a woman who has coped with childhood abuse by becoming controlling and sanctimonious, Chavis captures both the character's cold and overbearing personality and the hidden vulnerability behind it. These three lively, contrasting performances bring the story to life and make this audio a most enjoyable listen. Simultaneous release with the William Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 14). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Chicagoans Whitney, Taylor, and Charisse have been best friends since college. As they enter their late thirties, however, the relationships become strained. While Whitney has a great management job in a telecom firm, she struggles with an eating disorder and is overweight; Taylor is a successful lawyer who is unable to get a real commitment from her longtime boyfriend; and Charisse, a nurse and mother of two, suffered extreme emotional and physical abuse as a child and is now showing signs of mental illness. Whitney and Taylor are well crafted and appealing; many listeners will relate to the poignant descriptions of Whitney's disorder and Taylor's relationship issues. Unfortunately, Charisse, a devout Christian who is secretly a monster to her family, descends into caricature. Tracey Leigh's outstanding performance elevates this somewhat uneven girlfriend novel; an experienced narrator, she evens out the often melodramatic storyline. On the other hand, the multivoiced dramatization on the abridged version only adds to the overall disjointed feel of the book, despite adequate reading from Lynn Chavis, Audra Alise Polk, and Delores King Williams. The unabridged program is recommended for medium to large collections or where Roby has a strong following. Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Whitney
Female
African American
Intelligent; determined to overcome her weight problem; meets a man at her gym.

Taylor
Female
African American
Whitney's best friend; has a longtime boyfriend who is afraid of commitment.
Lawyer

Charisse
Female
Age: African American
Married
Whitney and Taylor's friend; controlling; devoted to the Bible; hates men; conceals secrets; her mother was abusive.



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