by Sukey HowardDecember, 2004
Life as a work in progress
An Unfinished Life is Mark Spragg's gracefully spare, beautifully evoked story of a stubborn, embittered father, his determined daughter-in-law, her irrepressibly resilient, remarkable 10-year-old daughter and the ties that truly bind. Read in tandem by Tony Amendola and Judith Marx. Assured, accomplished Ward Just is in his element in An Unfinished Season (Blackstone Audiobooks, $39.95, 11 hours, CD, ISBN 0786185864), a subtle mid-20th century portrait of rabid anti-communism, escalating McCarthyism, union unrest and government corruption, intertwined with a young man's first encounter with love, first realization of class struggles and a growing awareness of his parents' unraveling marriage.