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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (62 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Austin Clarke Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the news of her son B. J.’s involvement in gang crime, Idora Morrison, a maid at the local university, collapses in her basement apartment. For four days and nights she retreats into a vortex of memory, pain, and disappointment that becomes a riveting exposé of her life as a Caribbean immigrant living abroad. While she struggled to make ends meet, her deadbeat husband, Bertram, abandoned her for a better life in New York. Left alone to raise her son, Idora has done her best to survive against immense odds. But now that B. J. has disappeared into a life of crime, she recoils from his loss and is unable to get out of bed, burdened by feelings of invisibility.

As she summons the strength to investigate her son’s troubles—and her own weaknesses—the book quietly builds to its crescendo. Eventually Idora finds her way back into the light with a courage that is both remarkable and unforgettable.

More zeroes in, with laser-like intensity, on the interior life of an extraordinary “ordinary woman,” showcasing Austin Clarke’s skill as a writer of inimitable force. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A forceful book…at the height of his literary power, Clarke boldly challenges.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • More may stand as one of the crowning achievements of Clarke’s career.”

    Quill & Quire

  • “Clarke stays true to his politically charged style…An introspective examination of the cultural racism and the life of minorities, [a] detailed…narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Clarke] can be expected to bring the reader into the mind of the protagonist, and he doesn’t disappoint with his new novel…This affecting novel will shatter American misconceptions about Canadian race relations. A good option for serious readers.”

    Library Journal

  • “A beautifully written exploration of cultural conflicts and one woman’s struggle to find a place for herself emotionally.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lena | 8/25/2012

    " Tried so hard understanding this book. Good story, good protagonist... made awfully boring by the personal style of this particular writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pearl | 5/28/2012

    " I threw in the towel after about 75 pages. Definitely not my type of novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ruth | 1/3/2012

    " I gave up on this one at around pg 57.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martha | 1/13/2011

    " not always a fan of Austin Clarke's books because of the theme "being an immigrant is SO depressing"; this is more of "being an immigrant is so lonely" "

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About the Author

Austin Clarke is a professor of literature and has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Williams, Duke, and the Universities of Texas and Indiana. He assisted in setting up a black studies program at Yale in 1968, after which he became the cultural attaché of the Embassy of Barbados in Washington, DC. Culminating with the international success of The Polished Hoe, which won the Giller Prize, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Trillium Prize, his work since 1964 includes nearly a dozen novels, several short-story collections, and a few memoirs. He lives in Toronto.