Black and White
Publication Date: May 2007
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This spellbinding novel about art, fame, ambition, and family explores a provocative question: Is it possible for a mother to be true to herself and true to her children at the same time? This brilliant examination of motherhood-a novel that pits artistic inspiration against maternal obligation and asks whether the two can ever be fully reconciled-explores the limits and duties of family loyalties, and even of love. Gripping, haunting, and psychologically complex.
Dani Shapiro's most recent books include Family History and Slow Motion. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker; Granta; Elle; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Ploughshares, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is currently a visiting writer at Wesleyan University and lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Marguerite Gavin has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in nearly every genre. A nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, she was won both AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly Listen-Up awards. AudioFile magazine says "Marguerite Gavin is an accomplished storyteller . . . with a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion, she easily delivers wry humor and moves smoothly from accent to accent, recalling multiple characters perfectly." Marguerite divides her time as an actress between the sound studio and classical theater. She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C., area.
1. What does the book's title suggest about life's absolutes? Is it possible for moral absolutes to exist—and to survive—in a family?
"Gavin's compelling voice seduces listeners into believing this is her own story. Her...voice grips listeners and adds soul to Shapiro's story of reconciliation." ---AudioFile