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Narrating by turns are four disparate characters who tell the story as they see it: Chester, who smells fear, disease, and holiness and appoints himself Francesca's protector and follower; Anne Dunn, Francesca's paleobotanist mother, who places her faith in Darwin and natural selection; Sid, the schoolmate, who wants to use Francesca's new circumstances for her own profit; and Francesca herself, who becomes increasingly deluded by the adoration bestowed upon her.
At once powerful, tender, and humorous, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is an astonishing and resonant work from an exciting new talent. With each of its gentle revelations, the novel brings an unforgettable cast of characters to vibrant life as it brilliantly explores the seductive and destructive power of belief.
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By Michelle on 05-16-04
Loved the story, wished for one narrator
The story is told from different characters' points of view, thus this is narrated by more than one person. While the story is compelling and very human, the voice of one of the characters was grating and made the book less enjoyable as a "listen."
Yet, it is the humanity of this story that makes it one worth listening to. The book leaves you with a lot to think about but with no clear answers regarding questions about modern-day miracles.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful