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Author: Naima Coster Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781536669091
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A modern-day story of family, loss, and renewal, Halsey Street captures the deeply human need to belong—not only to a place but to one another.

Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She has accepted that her future won’t be what she had dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. That took courage. It’s also unforgivable.

When Penelope moves into the attic apartment of the affluent Harpers, she thinks she has found a semblance of family—and maybe even love. But her world is upended again when she receives a postcard from Mirella asking for reconciliation. As old wounds are reopened and secrets revealed, a journey across an ocean of sacrifice and self-discovery begins.

An engrossing debut, Halsey Street shifts between the perspectives of these two captivating, troubled women. Mirella has one last chance to win back the heart of the daughter she had lost long before leaving New York, and for Penelope, it’s time to break free of the hold of the past and start navigating her own life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A quiet gut-punch of a debut, Coster’s novel is a family saga set against the landscape of gentrifying Brooklyn…Coster is a masterful observer of family dynamics: her characters, to a one, are wonderfully complex and consistently surprising. Absorbing and alive, the kind of novel that swallows you whole.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Bahni Turpin’s performance is gorgeous. Her voice has a texture that suits the nuances of the novel’s plot: easy enough to absorb but with a depth and grittiness that make it interesting and real…Thanks to Turpin’s skilled performance, listeners come to care about these flawed, authentic people right away. She gives the varied characters distinct voices, and with a clear-eyed candor brings to life their conflicts, which expand to include larger social issues. Well-written and beautifully read, Halsey Street is worth a stroll. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Naima Coster is a native of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, an MA in English and creative writing from Fordham University, and a BA in English and African American studies from Yale. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Guernica, Arts & Letters, Kweli, and the Rumpus. A former editor of CURA and a former mentor of Girls Write Now, she is also a proud alumna of Prep for Prep, the leadership development program in New York City aiding high-potential minority students in public, charter, and parochial schools. She teaches writing at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several 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.