Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Publishers Weekly reviewed the audiobook version of House of Rougeaux this week. We are so honored to receive a starred review. Here’s the excerpt:

 

Turpin’s cool, clear voice fluidly takes the listener from place to place, and her accent switches seamlessly from Caribbean to French to English to American Southern, giving each character a distinct and authentic voice. Turpin’s multifaceted performance enhances this rich tapestry of a novel. —Publisher’s Weekly

The audiobook version will be available in digital download format on 4/24/18, and the audiobook on CD is planned for publication in June. Have a listen of Bahni Turpin’s performance:

And here’s the whole review:

Actor Turpin’s skill with a vast array of accents brings the characters of Jaeckel’s multigenerational novel to life. The story begins with a young brother and sister, Adunbi and Abeje, who are slaves on the Caribbean island of Martinique in the 18th century, and follows Adunbi’s descendants to Quebec City, Montreal, Philadelphia, and New York City in the proceeding centuries. In each era, a different character is highlighted: Abeje becomes a respected healer; Adunbi’s daughter, Hetty, is taken to Quebec City and becomes emancipated; Hetty’s son Guillaume is successful, marries, and has children, but hides his homosexuality until a chance encounter changes his life; Eleanor, Guillaume’s musically talented daughter, gets an opportunity to audition for a prestigious conservatory in New York, which takes her life in unexpected directions. Turpin’s cool, clear voice fluidly takes the listener from place to place, and her accent switches seamlessly from Caribbean to French to English to American Southern, giving each character a distinct and authentic voice. Turpin’s multifaceted performance enhances this rich tapestry of a novel. A Raincloud hardcover. (Apr.) —Publisher’s Weekly


House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel, and narrated by Bahni Turpin, is available for pre-order now, in hardcover or ebook.
We’ve partnered with Blackstone Audio to distribute the audio version of House of Rougeaux worldwide. Look for CD or downloadable versions of House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and narrated by Bahni Turpin at all your favorite audiobook vendors on April 24th, 2018. Also, you can order the book on CD through your favorite bookstore.

 

Here’s pre-order links for audio versions on Amazon and Downpour.

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Enchantress, and Updates

oneCloudblogI’m reading Enchantress by Maggie Anton and I’m loving it. It’s such an unusual book for me to read, with its combination of other-worldly happenings and a practical, down-to-earth voice. I really appreciate that something like this can be offered in mainstream fiction.

Maggie Anton also has an interesting story in that she first self-published her book Rashi’s Daughters and then signed up with a large publishing house for her subsequent books. I love stories like these because I grew up the daughter of a writer to whom self-publishing was vanity, or worse, the end of a legitimate pursuit of recognition. I’m glad it’s not so rigid anymore.

Some people like self-publishing and have those skills, some people don’t. I work with authors who don’t have the energy to self-publish. They don’t understand how I can orchestrate the editors, designers, printer, distributors, marketing and sales, and I don’t understand how they can produce the magical, liquid flow of words (and illustrations) on to paper. It’s a perfect match.

Speaking of which, we’ve got some room for 2015: For a collection of poetry (please see our interests) and possibly a memoir or work of fiction.

ps. I just got word that Siberiak, our next book to be released (Nov. 1) has been selected for review by Publishers Weekly. It’s very exciting, and when I have the review I will post it.