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Narrator Shiromi Arserio whisks listeners into a world in which ghosts make pleasant companions, gardens hold treacherous secrets, and kingdoms can be found inside wallpaper remains. Elizabeth and Zenobia are inseparable friends who are determined to uncover the secrets of Withering House, their new home. Arserio characterizes Elizabeth, a child dealing with the loss of her mother, with calm tones and quiet inquiries as she seeks her father’s love and approval. Zenobia, whose most recent fascination is the study of clairvoyance, commands Elizabeth’s attention with her confident air and direct accusations. As more characters are introduced, Arserio skillfully gives each his or her own distinct sound. Her captivating narration brings to life a fantastical tale with an unexpected ending. V.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2017]

Shiromi Arserio delivers an emotional narration of a post-WWII story–part mystery, part self-revelatory exploration, and filled with depictions of violence, gender-identity issues, PTSD, and depression. A survivor of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, “H” is involved with an American soldier named Jim whose missing daughter leads them on a quest that spans decades. Written in stark, striking prose, the novel’s dark content is interspersed with brief joyful respites. Arserio’s portrayal of H narrates the highs, lows, and anxiety-riddled musings of a person who is constantly learning how to navigate the present through a lens of personal trauma. A redemptive and emotional listen. A.L. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2018]

Narrators Simone Lewis and Shiromi Arserio work together in this story of friendship, surrogacy, and cultural expectations. Lewis is the arch, sophisticated voice of Paris Fraser, a professional Indian woman who cannot produce a child for her demanding family. Arserio is the timid yet firm Naira, who leaves behind her past in India, hoping for a different life in New York after the unexpected death of her husband. The two narrators easily pass chapters back and forth, capturing two very different points of view to create an upbeat story of childhood friends coming back together in midlife. Will Naira be Paris’s surrogate and the answer to all her problems? Listeners will be eager to find out. M.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2019]