Love & Saffron by Kim Fay, Read by a Full Cast
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Narrators Kimberly Farr and Cassandra Campbell perform most of Kim Fay’s epistolary novel, Love & Saffron, and they couldn’t be better. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel discuss this story filled with friendship, love, and deep emotions. Imogen’s column in Seattle’s Northwest Home & Life inspires Joan in L.A. to send a fan letter and a packet of saffron from her travels. Their correspondence grows into a close friendship. Farr gives Imogen a genial voice, and we hear a cheerful smile behind her words. Campbell captures Joan’s youth and enthusiasm. This audiobook is comfort food for difficult times.
Today’s episode is sponsored by Naxos AudioBooks. April 16th marks 60 years since the publication of The Golden Notebook, the breakthrough novel of Doris Lessing, the 2007 Nobel Laureate for Literature. Read by Juliet Stevenson, it is a brilliantly realized narrative of fragmentation—social, political, personal and sexual—and is considered to be one of the most important books of the growing feminist movement of the 1950s.