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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (375 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denise Nicholas Narrator: Patricia R. Floyd Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781456122805
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Three-time Golden Globe nominated actress Denise Nicholas has won great acclaim for her debut novel. Spread out beside Celeste on the train is a paper entitled “How to Stay Alive in Mississippi.” A young, privileged black woman from Detroit, Celeste has begun to realize she knows as little about her race as her white ex-boyfriend. So she heads to the South “to shore up her own Negro-ness” by volunteering during the Freedom Summer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sometimes gorgeous, sometimes terrifying, this novel marks the debut of a talented writer.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary Perez | 2/14/2014

    " Thought provoking. I enjoyed the perspective of the main character as she entered a world different from hers, in culture, comforts, education as well as what it meant to be an African American woman during the civil rights struggle in Mississippi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becka | 2/8/2014

    " I did not realize how dangerous the Civil Rights Movement was in Mississippi... this book has opened my eyes to the depth and widespread racism that lay inherent in the South during the 60's - far more intense than history books ever painted it in my mind. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staci | 2/8/2014

    " Though this book is essentially about black voter registration in Mississippi during the dangerous summer of 1964, it is also about one young woman's journey to find herself. Celeste Tyree lives in the insulated world of an upwardly mobile, ambitious father and a mother who runs from her own ethnicity. Traveling to Mississippi to set up a freedom school and help adults pass the voter registration test, Celeste's experiences with racism help her define who she is and challenge her resolve. Denise Nicholas takes an unflinching look at southern culture and racial interaction in the 1960's. It is uncomfortable at times but a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 2/7/2014

    " A fictional novel set in Mississippi during the turbulent Civil Rights year of 1964. It depicts the hatred present in this state during the Black voter registration campaign that wound up in the killings or injuring of many of these high minded college student workers and those attempting to register. A must read for anyone attempting to become familiar with this disgraceful period of our country's history. The right to vote; this novel is timely in certain respects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Hunsaker | 2/2/2014

    " I usually love this subject matter and thought the book was well written but I just wasn't pulled in like I thought I would be. I felt the story dragged on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia Martinez | 1/25/2014

    " Freshwater Road was written about a time of change. I was excited to read this book. I love Historical and fictional books. It was about a young girl named Celeste. A naive young girl with idealistic dreams in making her mark in the world. Little did she realize how dangerous her summer trip to Mississippi was going to be. I have to admit I liked the book, but it was long. I think I expected more from the book. It would have been nice to have had a little more about the movement and the reason for it. I found myself a little disappointed. The young Celeste was still a little selfish and I wanted more from the ending instead there was no resolution. I received this book for free from BookBub.com. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megen | 1/24/2014

    " An eye opener, well written. I kept thinking, this was in the NINETEEN 60's? My history classes left this out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 1/15/2014

    " I've been trying for months to get into this book but I just can't. It was just really slow for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lin | 1/12/2014

    " borrow from Laura "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lesley | 1/10/2014

    " tried hard to enjoy it...made it about 2/3 through and moved on to a different book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karry | 12/21/2013

    " It was a good read about the struggles of the blacks in 60's, especially in the South, and the civil rights movement. I like books where I learn a lot, but also have a character that I can get to know and see the issues through their point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belindia | 12/2/2013

    " Really good book mixed with a good history refresher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 8/14/2013

    " I couldn't really figure out where the pregnancy/abortion thread fit into the rest of the story, and the mother issues could have been developed a bit more, but overall I found this book to be an interesting look into Mississippi in the 1960s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/17/2013

    " I enjoyed the book but wasn't crazy about the ending. I wanted a little more closure to the story, I guess. But it was a pretty good read overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 10/5/2012

    " This is an awesome book! The first novel by Denise Nicholas (of Room 222 fame) tells the story of the fight to get African American voting rights in early 1960s Mississippi. The story is so well written and compelling that it was hard for me to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M Helsell | 9/4/2012

    " An indivual's account of the Civil Rights Movement(1964) in rural Mississippi. A vivid picture of the racial prejudice in the South. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 8/25/2012

    " Whether you remember the sixties or not, this engaging inside look at Freedom Summer 1964 is a stark reminder of how far we have come and how much we all should appreciate the rights we have that people in recent times in our own country fought and died for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecilia | 3/5/2012

    " Having seen and read The Help I see how this book is of the same time and am horrified by how humans treated other humans. The author does a great job of showing the reader the the contrast between Detroit and the rural south. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myron Lezak | 12/10/2011

    " 1964 Summer of Freedom. University of Michigan student signs up to register voters in rural Mississippi. Really good historical fiction! "

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About the Author

Denise Nicholas is an actor who starred in the TV series Room 222 and In the Heat of the Night, among many other TV, film, and theatrical productions. Freshwater Road is her first novel.