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Deep Waters

Deep Waters

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The Wedding, Dorothy West's first novel in almost 50 years, is ably brought to life in this finely nuanced audio version. Writer and actress Regina Taylor (Courage Under Fire, Lean on Me, and TV's I'll Fly Away) uses her considerable talent to show off West's sensual and elegant prose to full advantage. The Oval, an elite African American community in 1950s Martha's Vineyard, sets the stage for the story of the impending nuptials of Shelby Coles, the golden-haired, fair-skinned youngest daughter of the neighborhood's leading family. Shelby's intended groom is Meade Tyler, a white jazz man with a far less upscale pedigree than his bride. (Like many grooms, Meade plays little role in the pre-wedding drama; the snippets of jazz that frame the reading are about as close as listeners get to meeting him.) Sparks fly in the few dozen hours before the wedding, when one by one those close to Shelby come to her to make a case for or against the controversial match. As new characters are introduced, Taylor succeeds in giving each a distinct personality through her reading.

Shelby is dragged through a crisis of identity, while West skillfully steers listeners through an examination of the tangled and painful meanings of race and class in the United States, themes that still resonate today. Taylor's reading deftly renders the subtle distinctions between the characters and their backgrounds without ever descending into stereotype. (Running time: about 180 minutes, two cassettes) --Naomi J. Cohn

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Paperback Editions

April 1988 : UK Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Deep Waters (Silhouette Classics)
Author(s): Laurey Bright
ISBN: 0-373-04614-6 / 978-0-373-04614-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm)
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May 1983 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Deep Waters
Author(s): Laurey Bright
ISBN: 0-340-33578-5 / 978-0-340-33578-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Audio Editions

June 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The WEDDING
Author(s): Dorothy West
ISBN: 0-671-53562-5 / 978-0-671-53562-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audioworks
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