Anke’s father is abusive. But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, but she’s just an invisible witness in a house of horrors, on the brink of disappearing altogether. Until she makes the volleyball team at school. At first just being exhausted after practice feels good, but as Anke becomes part of the team, her confidence builds. When she learns to yell “Mine!” to call a ball, she finds a voice she didn’t know existed. For the first time, Anke is seen and heard. Soon, she’s imagining a day that her voice will be loud enough to rescue everyone at home - including herself.
Thalia Chaltas' Because I Am Furniture is a unique and deeply affecting exploration of the effects of abuse on protagonist Anke, whose father regularly attacks her siblings but has always left her alone. Written in verse, this breathtaking audiobook follows Anke on a quest to discover her own voice, and her dream that, in doing so, she might save the people she loves - and somehow overcome the evil which lives in her own home.
Audra Pagano's sweet, tremulous voice draws out the contrary aspects of Anke's character, emphasizing her own perceived fragility alongside her growing strength. Pagano's performance is deft, nuanced, utterly entrancing - and above all, not to be missed.
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