Audiobookish

S6E3 - The Night Field by Donna Glee Williams

as narrated by Debra Michaels

5 months ago

Episode Notes

We review the ecological fable/fantasy epic The Night Field by Donna Glee Williams as narrated by Debra Michaels. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

About the book:

Welcome to The Real, where Pyn-Poi's people live in harmony with nature - until a killing stink threatens their whole world.

Pyn-Poi's mother Marak wants her to grow up to be the matriarch of the tribe, learning how to cook, to make medicines, how to care for everyone, but Pyn-Poi would rather be out among the trees like her father Sook-Sook, learning how persuade tree roots into bridges, to feel when shoots are too crowded, when drooping leaves need attention.

Then something starts going wrong in The Real: when the rains come, instead of nourishment, they bring a noxious stench that's poisoning people and plants alike. Pyn-Poi is the treewoman now: it's her job. Their only chance is for her to climb to the land beyond the Wall, where the Ancestors live, to plead for their intercession

Pyn-Poi never expected to find a whole new world up there, with people who are very different from her own family and friends - a land where they are killing nature, and that's killing The Real.

The trees have a job for Pyn-Poi, and to succeed, she is going to have to be brave and strong and true - no matter what.

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