Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner audiobook

Plum Wine

By Angela Davis-Gardner
Read by Linda Stevens

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11.62 Hours Unabridged
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Critically acclaimed author Angela Davis-Gardner's Plum Wine earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, which hailed the "wonderfully inventive plot" and a "protagonist as self-possessed as she is sensitive." Set in 1960s Japan, Plum Wine is a powerful tale about cultural differences, romantic hardships, and the legacy of Hiroshima. An American teaching English in Tokyo, Barbara Jefferson receives an unusual bequest after the death of her colleague and closest friend, Michiko Nakamoto. In a chest are bottles of homemade plum wine, one for each year from 1939 to the present. The paper wrappings on the bottles are covered with Michiko's life story, so Barbara gets help translating from Michiko's childhood friend, a man named Seiji. As the two enter a complicated love affair, their fates become tied to the tragedies and secrets of the past. Moving and unforgettable, Plum Wine is elegantly narrated by Jennifer Ikeda, who perfectly captures the novel's quiet resonance and cultural nuances. "Davis-Gardner's exceptionally sensitive and enveloping novel illuminates with quiet intensity, psychological suspense, and narrative grace the obdurate divide between cultures, the collision between love and war, and, most piercingly, the horrific legacy of Hiroshima."-Booklist, starred review

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Critically acclaimed author Angela Davis-Gardner's Plum Wine earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, which hailed the "wonderfully inventive plot" and a "protagonist as self-possessed as she is sensitive." Set in 1960s Japan, Plum Wine is a powerful tale about cultural differences, romantic hardships, and the legacy of Hiroshima. An American teaching English in Tokyo, Barbara Jefferson receives an unusual bequest after the death of her colleague and closest friend, Michiko Nakamoto. In a chest are bottles of homemade plum wine, one for each year from 1939 to the present. The paper wrappings on the bottles are covered with Michiko's life story, so Barbara gets help translating from Michiko's childhood friend, a man named Seiji. As the two enter a complicated love affair, their fates become tied to the tragedies and secrets of the past. Moving and unforgettable, Plum Wine is elegantly narrated by Jennifer Ikeda, who perfectly captures the novel's quiet resonance and cultural nuances. "Davis-Gardner's exceptionally sensitive and enveloping novel illuminates with quiet intensity, psychological suspense, and narrative grace the obdurate divide between cultures, the collision between love and war, and, most piercingly, the horrific legacy of Hiroshima."-Booklist, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A mystery that unfolds as beautifully, delicately, and ceremoniously as a lotus blossom. One of the most memorable novels I have read in many years.” Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author
“A wonderfully romantic and well-composed novel…With such simple, stark, and lovely prose, Davis-Gardner turns this trip back to Japan in the late 1960s into a believable excursion into the deep heart of good young woman and her decent but damaged foreign friends, and into the minefield of questions that linger in American military strategy and foreign policy having to do with the use of nuclear weapons. Thus a novel that stars out in what appears to be a postmortem mood opens itself, and the sensitive reader, to life rather than death.” Chicago Tribune
“A sparely written, powerful novel…[Davis-Gardner’s] deeper story of war and its indiscriminate, crippling effects on innocent lives gives this book a timeless currency.” Seattle Times
“Enthralling…Davis-Gardner handles the Japanese mores of the time expertly, and the dialogue spoken by nonnative English speakers is pitch perfect. She quietly wows with this third novel, which features a wonderfully inventive plot and a protagonist as self-possessed as she is sensitive.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Davis-Gardner’s exceptionally sensitive and enveloping novel illuminates with quiet intensity, psychological suspense, and narrative grace the obdurate divide between cultures, the collision between love and war, and, most piercingly, the horrific legacy of Hiroshima. But Davis-Gardner’s ravishing tale also celebrates the solace of stories and the transcendent bonds people form under the cruelest of circumstances.” Booklist (starred review)
“Everyone in this book has a secret, a private hurt or a hidden shame, but Davis-Gardner is not interested in melodrama. Even the most disturbing revelations are dispassionately delivered; they create a deep and quiet resonance, rather than cheap sensation…[An] elegant, moving novel.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Angela Davis-Gardner

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Available Formats : CD
Runtime: 11.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English