It makes the world go 'round Anita Shreve revels in the elegance of 19th-century language, and its fullness is amplified in this fine audio presentation of her latest novel, Fortune's Rocks (6 hours), read by Blair Brown. Olympia, the novel's young heroine, a beautiful, wealthy Bostonian, is only 15 in 1899 when she meets and falls passionately, devastatingly in love with a married man, more than twice her age. Wise beyond her years, aware of the dangers of such a liaison, she rushes to embrace a situation that would be difficult today, but unspeakable at the turn of the last century. Olympia is memorable, her courage and faith in love, moving.

Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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