Klara and the Sun; Kazuo Ishiguro
Random House Audio - 2021
(Sura Siu - narrator - very good)
Klara is an AF (artificial friend) who shines bright thanks to the sun. She waits in a store until the time a special human will take her home. Klara is an older model, there are fancier AFs with more bells and whistles it seems. Klara is often stuck at the back of the store but, she loves those days she gets moved to the front window so she can enjoy the sun's warmth. Older models like Klara need lots of solar recharging.
A young girl named Josie wants to take Klara home but, Josie's mother needs time to think about it. Eventually Klara does become the AF to lonely Josie who doesn't seem to have any real friends except for neighbor boy Rick. Josie is schooled at home. When Josie grow ill, we are never sure what is wrong with her, her mother grows very concerned as she has already lost one daughter. Klara is determined to comfort Josie and to find a way for her to get better and thrive.
I really enjoyed this thought provoking story and thought Klara, as the narrator worked beautifully. She was such a keen observer and a caring friend to Josie. It was easy to fall in love with this mechanical girl.
The audio was delightful, well except for the numerous times that "Melania HouseKeeper" was spoken -- what was up with that?? Despite this minor annoyance, Klara and the Sun, is a real gem. Just the kind of story I needed. Don't miss it!
Rating - 4.5/5 stars
NOTE: Thanks go to Random House Audio for allowing me access to this download in exchange for my unbiased review.