SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD by Ari Tison
AudioFile Earphones Award
[OrangeSky Audio | 4.5 hrs.]
A dual narration represents the alternating voices of two brothers, Jay and Max, each affected in a different way by their father’s physical abuse. But they unite to beat up the school soccer star who appears to be assaulting their cousin. Timothy Pabon delivers Jay’s thoughtful prose vignettes, expressing his sense of responsibility along with his feelings of fierce anger, fear, and loneliness. Pabon gives an excellent rendition of the Bribri words that color Jay’s thoughts. Alejandro Ruiz delivers the free-form poetry of Jay’s younger brother, Max. Bursts of language reveal Max’s fierce drive for self-protection, passion for art, and disregard for anything that could interfere with his determination to escape his trauma.