Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk, Read by Amani Minter
A Lyrical YA Novel in Verse
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Amani Minter’s quiet and heartfelt narration grounds the listener in Nothing Burns as Bright as You, the story of an all-consuming friendship and fierce first love. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Ashley Woodfolk’s novel in verse centered around the relationship between two unnamed Black girls. Minter’s pleasantly husky voice recounts a tense and emotional day when the pair set fires, intentionally and not, which change the course of their lives, and their perceptions of themselves. The narrative jumps through time recounting their first meeting, their growing friendship, and how it shifted into something more. Minter’s intentional narration adds a layer of intimacy to this lyrical novel in verse.
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