The Punch

7 CDs. Hachette Audio. Oct. 2018. 8 hrs. ISBN 9781549115578. $30. digital download. F
The Henry brothers, David and Scott, are traveling with their bitter mother, Doris, to scatter their father's ashes. But the trip is hardly smooth sailing as Doris has decided the time is ripe to reveal a 60-year-old secret. All three of them are hiding something—bigamy, paranoia, or addiction—that's bound to come out. Hawley (Before the Fall) here provides a clever tale of grief and family conflicts with a dose of dark comedy. Narrator Edoardo Ballerini provides a smooth and solid reading of this quirky tale of brotherly love, redemption, and forgiveness.
VERDICT Of interest to fans of the author as well as those of well-written, clever, and offbeat familial stories.
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