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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kalisha Buckhanon Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781415948453
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In the same vein as her critically acclaimed debut novel, Upstate, Kalisha Buckhanon again shares an emotionally beautiful story about today’s youth that magnifies the unforgettable power of hope and the human spirit.

Buckhanon takes us to Chicago, 1992, and into the life of fifteen-year-old Shivana Montgomery, who believes all Black women wind up the same: single and raising children alone, like her mother. Until the sudden visit of her beautiful and free-spirited Aunt Jewel, Shivana spends her days desperately struggling to understand life and confront the challenges she faces growing up in a tough environment. When she accidentally becomes pregnant by an older man and must decide what to do, she begins a journey toward adulthood with only a mysterious voice inside to guide her. Then, when she falls in love with Rasul, a teenager with problems of his own, together they fight to rise above their circumstances and move toward a more positive future.

Through a narrative that sweeps from slavery onward, Buckhanon unveils Shivana’s connection to a past filled with tragedy, courage, and wisdom.


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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa Garza | 10/9/2013

    " It's got great pictures (even a picture of a woman giving birth to a breech baby)! Jordan studied this book intently during my pregnancy with Leah - must have been why she wasn't grossed out at watching her being born. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Mutter | 8/28/2013

    " This one is pretty good. Lots of info and pictures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal A. Stang | 5/26/2013

    " This book has been an essential guide to me throughout my pregnancy. I refer to the same chapter even quite frequently. I only wish there was a larger section of the book dedicated to fitness during pregnancy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Regina Hunter | 4/1/2011

    " If this book is correct....shyte half of the population would not be here! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nickie | 3/22/2011

    " Everyone in this book is wearing clothes so hideous that I cannot take in any of the information. Too many pictures of men with bad hair caressing the stomachs of women in smock tops. Count me out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pipermaru2u | 1/16/2011

    " Most depressing awful book ive ever read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judith | 10/6/2010

    " This book was a little far fetched and preachy. The happily-ever after message may send the wrong message to young girls in Shivana's situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 6/30/2010

    " So sad... the middle narrative of the babies perspective was sometimes distracting but it added an incredible voice to the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shatoya | 4/1/2010

    " A jumped back and forth too much. Slow at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katy | 10/4/2009

    " Very disappointing, especially the ending.I felt the author was trying way too hard to be "literary." I mean where does Shivana come up with the word milieu? Students are not going to be on waiting lists for this one, like they were for Upstate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 3/10/2009

    " I liked Upstate, the author's first book much better. "

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About the Author

Kalisha Buckhanon has received awards and fellowships from the NAACP, Illinois Arts Council, Andrew Mellon Fund, and many others. Her work has appeared in such publications as Michigan Quarterly Review and Warpland. She holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University.

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin has won twenty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.