Your Driver Is Waiting

Books on Tape. Feb. 2023. 6:26 hrs. ISBN 9780593666715. $66.50. F
Damani Krishanthan, a queer Tamil woman working as a ride-share driver, lives an economically precarious existence. Her father recently died, and her mother requires lots of care. Damani struggles every day just to make ends meet in an unnamed city that teems with protests and unrest. Then, she meets Jolene, a white, wealthy activist, and the two fall hard for each other. Jolene has good intentions, but can the differences in class and life realities be bridged? Unaccustomed to being in the minority, Jolene is spooked by comments at Damani’s favorite hangout, the Doo Wop Club, when she arrives to meet Damani’s friends. Being outside her comfort zone prompts trouble for the group and brings tensions to the forefront. Guns is also an actor; her skilled narration elevates the text and takes listeners on a thrilling ride. Guns’s ability to perfectly modulate her characters’ voices and intonations during romantic and stressful situations creates an unforgettable portrait of Damani’s world.
VERDICT Listeners will love Damani’s attitude and resourcefulness as she confronts her daily struggles in this scathing and funny debut, flawlessly narrated by the author.
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