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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (855 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl Cleage Narrator: Pearl Cleage Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538466292
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Catherine Sanderson and her daughter, Phoebe, have always been as close as a mother and daughter could be, except for one secret between them: the identity of Phoebe’s father. Catherine, busy working with refugee and immigrant women through her small firm, Babylon Sisters, has taken on a powerful new client. She doesn’t have much time for Phoebe’s complicated questions of paternity—that is, until Phoebe’s real father, B. J., a renowned investigative reporter, shows up in town to work on a story connected to Catherine. Now she must finally reveal the truth she’s been withholding from Phoebe for eighteen years, bringing them all together in ways they never could have imagined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cleage’s intelligent, lively narrative hits numerous notes—domestic drama, romance, thriller—right in tune.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cleage’s pleasing voice is both gentle and strong as she tells this story of spirited African-American women.”

    AudioFile

  • “Cleage’s background in the theater serves her well in this production; her narration is flawless. Few authors who record their work display the confidence and comfort apparent in her delivery.”

    Library Journal

  • “Babylon Sisters’ funny, feminine, fabulous voice sings a story of history, family, love, and redemption. Cleage’s ability to make the personal political and the political personal triumphs once again! Nestled in this beautifully written ode to love—of child, friends, men, and self—is a call to political activism and empowerment.”

    Jill Nelson, author of Sexual Healing

  • Babylon Sisters is a delectable feast! Pearl Cleage’s people are my people. Their world of problems is complex and radiant, covering a wide spectrum of contemporary political and cultural issues. Cleage writes with the intelligence of a master storyteller and her underlying humor keeps our spirits high. Like flower petals swept into the sky by a warm wind, Babylon Sisters carried me away from all worries, reminding me that great writing changes your life.”

    Deborah Santana, author of Space Between the Stars

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charreah Jackson | 2/15/2014

    " Good read, especially for those who know the pain and beauty of a mother/daughter relationship "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/2/2014

    " It had twists and turns and romance but an avid mystery reader would be able to predict the end! And, so can any romance reader.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/25/2014

    " Grittier than her first West End book, but just as good. Quick read too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/24/2014

    " Good writing about black community in Atlanta. Family, love, and a bit of intrigue. S "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abra | 1/3/2014

    " Just read this for my first bookclub meeting. I'm giving it one star only because I only have 5 to give and there are so many other books out there that I love so much more. Super cliche, with an ending that made my teeth hurt. Wouldn't recommend it but didn't hate it outright either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malika | 12/23/2013

    " I agree that it took far too long to get to the meat of the book, and by when it did, there were 60 pages left. Well written, but rushed at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 12/16/2013

    " A very good book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/10/2013

    " I love Pearl Cleage books and this one was no exception. I admit I got a bit frustrated with the title character not being honest with her daughter about the father issue. But overall a terrific read. I read it in about six hours! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi Bates | 11/1/2013

    " Pearl Cleage is a literary genius. Some of the metaphors she writes just make me smile and wink at the "oomph" of her pen. And every time she writes of Atlanta landmarks, it makes her fiction that much more real! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 9/26/2013

    " Catherine is a true do-gooder. And she truly believes in the good of other people. So she is thrown for numerous loops throughout this book when she witnesses the pure evil of people she comes in contact with. Romance, suspense, and good relationships are all displayed in this book. Very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vacirca Vaughn | 9/10/2013

    " Wonderful read. It's Pearl Cleage. 'Nuff said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 8/31/2013

    " Superbly written. The characters were as well constructed as those in "What Looks Like Crazy...". The story is full of twists and turns that take the reader on a journey of great ups and a some hard downs. But not a difficult kind of read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawana | 8/30/2013

    " I love the way her novels intertwine. It's nice to revisit characters and see how they impact and are impacted by new characters. The context and spirit of the novel are both encouraging and invigorating. When I read her books, I want to do something to reaffirm my spiritual connections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 7/2/2013

    " Loved this. I love listening to authors read their own books, but it was a fast-paced fun novel. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 De | 11/10/2012

    " Good but not as resonant as her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 10/17/2012

    " Pearl Cleage tells a great story. She is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn Diamond | 10/17/2012

    " we all grew up with sister girls unfortunately we don't always live happily ever after "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 10/14/2012

    " This is a story of lost love, found love, and deception. Excellent plotting and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/8/2012

    " I always enjoy Pearl, and this one was great. I love it when I'm familiar w/the geography and can see someone I know in each character. The best part about reading this book was discussing it w/Val. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trikkessa | 5/22/2012

    " Not one her best, a little boring, but like always, it was smart and poetic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle B. | 9/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this book immensely. I am very familiar with Atlanta's West End and she characterized it beautifully. I love the language and the characters. She did a great job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Just Before Bed | 4/14/2011

    " Took months to get through the first few chapters but once it got into full swing it was a page turner. Really warm portrayal of Atlanta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/1/2011

    " I would recommend it, I thought it had a good storyline. I really would have like to have read more about the father and daughter relationship that was discovered and how they adjusted to one another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 1/12/2011

    " Pearl Cleage is a literary genius. Some of the metaphors she writes just make me smile and wink at the "oomph" of her pen. And every time she writes of Atlanta landmarks, it makes her fiction that much more real! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/4/2011

    " I enjoyed this book immensely. I am very familiar with Atlanta's West End and she characterized it beautifully. I love the language and the characters. She did a great job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 4/1/2010

    " This is a story of lost love, found love, and deception. Excellent plotting and characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abra | 3/28/2010

    " Just read this for my first bookclub meeting. I'm giving it one star only because I only have 5 to give and there are so many other books out there that I love so much more. Super cliche, with an ending that made my teeth hurt. Wouldn't recommend it but didn't hate it outright either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawana | 1/11/2010

    " I love the way her novels intertwine. It's nice to revisit characters and see how they impact and are impacted by new characters. The context and spirit of the novel are both encouraging and invigorating. When I read her books, I want to do something to reaffirm my spiritual connections. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacqueline | 11/9/2009

    " It was okay but I did not finished hearing it. I took it back to the library instead. Maybe later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 10/23/2009

    " we all grew up with sister girls unfortunately we don't always live happily ever after "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittnee | 8/19/2009

    " starting out a little slow, but seems interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 3/16/2009

    " I love Pearl Cleage books and this one was no exception. I admit I got a bit frustrated with the title character not being honest with her daughter about the father issue. But overall a terrific read. I read it in about six hours! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 3/3/2009

    " Superbly written. The characters were as well constructed as those in "What Looks Like Crazy...". The story is full of twists and turns that take the reader on a journey of great ups and a some hard downs. But not a difficult kind of read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 12/8/2008

    " Always enjoy her books. I give them to my mom when I'm dones....soemtimes. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charreah | 11/16/2008

    " Good read, especially for those who know the pain and beauty of a mother/daughter relationship "

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About the Author

Pearl Cleage is an award-winning playwright whose play Flyin’ West was the most-produced new play in the country in 1994 and a bestselling author whose novels include What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary DayI Wish I Had a Red DressSome Things I Never Thought I’d Do, and Baby Brother’s Blues, among others. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.