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About the Author
Sarah Perry is the internationally bestselling author of The Essex Serpent and After Me Comes the Flood. She lives in England.
Juanita McMahon is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a professionally trained actress with experience in theater, television, and film productions, including the critically acclaimed Control, which won the BIFA Best British Film Award.
Narrator Juanita McMahon expertly inhabits its sharp-tongued, sweet-spirited, stoic, wondrous characters. Her vocal characterizations are gothically charming. She virtually becomes imperious Cora Seaborne, questioning Reverend Ransome, and crabby old-man Cracknell. Her voice enlarges the book's legends and mythical tales. Painting pictures with her intonations, McMahon makes clear distinctions between the numerous characters who shape Perry's second novel. A superb narration! Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
Juanita McMahon brilliantly animates Sarah Perry's characters in her narration...Listeners hear newly widowed Cora Seaborne flourish in strength; sense the wonder of her strange son, Francis; and feel Cracknell the fisherman spit and sputter...Martha, Cora's saucy friend and nanny, provides a touch of comedy to this late 19th--century English tale. -McMahon gives them each her full attention, creating a wholly formed listening -experience.-- "Library Journal (audio review)"
At once numinous, intimate, and wise, The Essex Serpent is a marvelous novel about the workings of life, love, and belief.-- "Helen MacDonald, New York Times bestselling author"
Perry weaves modern day themes of a woman's role and desire for independence into a tale that flows like the water where the monster resides.-- "RT Book Reviews (4 stars)"
Lush and fantastical, a wild Eden behind a garden gate...it's part ghost story and part natural history lesson, part romance and part feminist parable.-- "New York Times"
Triumphs on every level, whether in its rich, evocative prose or its authentic Victorian detail, its credible, multifaceted characters or its high-stakes drama...Mesmerizing.-- "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
A dazzling and intellectually nimble work of Gothic fiction.-- "San Francisco Gate"
Dickensian in scope, depth, and exquisite use of language... At once love story and mystery, deeply penetrating layered characters with wit and grace.-- "Historical Novels Review"
Exercise caution approaching this literary garden pavilion...You just may find yourself unable to leave.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
The sumptuous twists and turns of Perry's prose invite close reading...A work of astonishing breadth and brilliance.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
The vivid, often frightening imagery...and the lush descriptions...create a magical background for the sensual love story between Sarah and Will.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Excellent...Another period literary pastiche with a contemporary overlay. Cora makes for a fiercely independent heroine around whom all the other characters orbit.-- "Publishers Weekly"
A work of great intelligence and charm, by a hugely talented author.-- "Sarah Waters, author of Fingersmith"