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Morris does a great job in the first 2/3 of the story with the voices of Lutie, Fate, and all the folks they meet along the way, but the action pivots for the final section, making the overall work into two clumsily grafted stories; I'll leave it at that for spoiler reasons.
I listened through that final part to find out what happens to the kids, but they become essentially a background, subplot to another story. That section concerned a Mexican-American family, who had been in the States for a long time, but were read as having very heavy accents, sounding more Italian (or I suppose Argentinean) than Mexican to me! I considered putting away the audio, and reading it to finish off the book, but my library has a long reserve list for the print version.
The book itself won't please everyone: folks who like the final part, which I found somewhat sappy, would likely find the second section too "graphic" (Letts does pile it on a bit thick with misfortunes).
Not sorry I got the book, but I highly doubt I'd read another Letts, but I do recommend Morris' narration of "Elsewhere"!
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Child neglect and abuse are ugly. Letts writes realistically yet pulls back allowing the listener breathing room knowing the horrific cost to children when innocence is stolen without going into too many details. I wish more were to read/listen to this not so fictionalized result of debauchery. The redemptive value of how love with patience can heal is also well told. Loving families are safe. That is, love of the unconditional kind.