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The Gypsy Moth Summer (Digital Audiobook)

A Novel

By Julia Fierro, Christa Lewis (Narrator)

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (6/5/2018)
Hardcover (6/6/2017)
MP3 CD (9/20/2017)
Compact Disc (9/20/2017)
MP3 CD (9/20/2017)
Compact Disc (9/20/2017)

Description

It is the summer of 1992 and a gypsy moth invasion blankets Avalon Island. Ravenous caterpillars disrupt early summer serenity on Avalon, an islet off the coast of Long Island—dropping onto novels left open on picnic blankets, crawling across the T-shirts of children playing games of tag and capture the flag. The caterpillars become a relentless topic of island conversation and the inescapable soundtrack of the season.



It is also the summer Leslie Day Marshall—only daughter of Avalon's most prominent family—returns with her husband, a botanist, and their children to live in "The Castle," the island's grandest estate. Leslie's husband Jules is African-American, and their children biracial, and islanders from both sides of the tracks form fast and dangerous opinions about the new arrivals.



Maddie Pencott LaRosa straddles those tracks: a teen queen with roots in the tony precincts of East Avalon and the crowded working class corner of West Avalon, home to Grudder Aviation factory, the island's bread-and-butter. Maddie falls in love with Brooks, Leslie's and Jules's son, and that love feels as urgent to Maddie as the questions about the new and deadly cancers showing up across the island. Could Grudder Aviation, the pride of the island—and its patriarch, the Colonel—be to blame?



About the Author

The narrator over sixty audiobooks, Christa Lewis has been featured in AudioFile magazine and earned multiple Earphones Awards for recordings that have become Audible bestsellers in YA and literary fiction. Christa is a classically trained actress and graduate of Boston University's actor training program. She got her start as the voice of international television station DW-TV, and has been a regular on hundreds of cartoons, museum guides, documentaries, and commercials. An experienced teacher and director, Christa teaches commercial voice-over and audiobook narration at the V. O. Dojo, at Wacky Titles, and for the GVAA. She was a panelist at the 2016 Audio Publishers Association Conference.