Miss Pearly’s Girls by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Read by Patricia R. Floyd
A Family Saga of Secrets and Powerful Women
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Narrator Patricia R. Floyd’s honeyed voice offers exactly the right warmth for Miss Pearly’s Girls, a family saga about siblings with secrets and the powerful woman who raised them. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel discuss ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s novel of a family’s estrangement. Something more sinister than the usual family resentments are at play, and Mama Pearly’s sudden illness forces Maxine to contact her sisters to call them home. As deeply hidden secrets make their way to the surface, Floyd’s mellifluous voice and honest performance will captivate listeners.
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