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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (113 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel Harper Narrator: Susan Spain Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781456123802
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As a young woman of mixed race, Nellie Kincaid is about to encounter the strange, unsettling summer of her fifteenth year. Reeling from the recent separation of her parents, Nellie finds herself traveling to the family’s lake house with only her father and her estranged cousin, leaving behind the life and the mother she is trying to forget.

As the summer progresses, Nellie will have to define herself, navigating the twists and turns of first love. At the same time, her family is becoming more and more divided by the day. Does her newfound identity require her to distance herself from those she loves, or will it draw her closer?

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  • “It’s undeniable that the classic narrative of the transformative summer cries out for a contemporary heroine like Nellie, and the family tensions, poignant discoveries, and richly evoked setting should help this find a broad audience.”


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

    " The book is about a 15 year old girl of mixed race(s) and facing some of the unsettling relationships with her family. Author is of mixed race as well, and it made for a believable well written first book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise | 5/10/2013

    " I really disliked this book. In a sense you can see this writer has some talent. But she had the irritating quality of providing annoying, inconsequential details of every sort, and of having a 15-year-old character who talked nothing like a 15-year-old. And it was boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 4/7/2013

    " i wouldn't have bought this book if it had not been on the bargain shelf, but i'm glad i did. sweet story about a teenage girl facing the trials and tribulations of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jtw | 4/4/2013

    " This is a clever, clever bildungsroman doing a lot of unique things with iconic themes: travel, race, identity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 3/9/2013

    " Fifteen year old Nellie, angry over her parents breakup, spends the summer at the family's lake house with Jess, the cousin she rarely knows. At the lake, they reunite with other family members. Jess' father is distant and has a family secret. Nellie finds herself confused over two older boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciana | 11/13/2012

    " I enjoyed this coming of age story of a bi-racial girl and her struggle for identity. The author Rachel Harper is very descriptive in her language and does a good job of allowing the reader to be the "fly on the wall." This is a satisfying read that gives its readers a complete story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/3/2012

    " As a teenager of mixed raced parentage, Nellie spends a summer trying to define herself as she deals with first love, her parents marriage dissolving and other family issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 8/16/2012

    " This was about a young girl of mixed race whose parents are going through a divorce, and how she deals with these issues. Much of the book takes place at her family's summer cabin on a lake. I related to her feelings on the divorce, and overall thought it was a decent summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 7/12/2012

    " I read this because it was required for this semester. Rachel is an instructor in my MFA program. I would highly recommend this book, not just because she's a teacher in my MFA program, but because I think she created a beautifully true character in Nellie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Silvia | 6/15/2012

    " It is a good book but I expected something different at the end. "

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About the Author

Rachel M. Harper was born in Boston, MA, and raised in Providence, RI and rural Minnesota. A graduate of Brown University, she went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Her poems and short fiction have been published in the Carolina Review, Chicago Review, African American Review, Prairie Schooner, and the anthology Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers.

About the Narrator

Susan Spain has appeared on stages in New York City, across the United States, and in Europe. Performances includes roles in an international production of The Best of Broadway and a staging of Little Shop of Horrors at the Smithsonian Institute’s Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. She has also appeared in Hair.