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2.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 5 2.50 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Farai Chideya Narrator: Sharon Washington Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781440760631
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From nationally acclaimed political commentator and multimedia personality Farai Chideya comes an intense and darkly funny debut novel about a woman who learns what you stand to gain—and lose—if you follow your dreams.

Sophie Maria Clare Lee is no stranger to reinvention. A book-smart black girl from blue-collar Baltimore, she remade herself into a Harvard hipster, and finally into an indie rock musician touring America with her mesmerizing classmate (and now ex-husband) Ari Klein.

Now, ten years after graduation, a one-night musical reunion with Ari spurs Sophie to snatch back the mic. She lands a record deal—with the help of new manager and paramour Leo Masters—but quickly discovers that her celebrity status brings new risks for her sense of self and even her safety. As she and Ari play music together again, a complicated love triangle begins. With a Greek chorus of advice from her two best girlfriends, Sophie tries to figure out how she relates to these two men, the music business, her loving but demanding extended family, and her penchant for alcohol and melancholy. As the band tours the world, will Sophie’s faith, family, and friendships crumble under the weight of her dogged fight for fame?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Captures the New York music scene at the turn of the millennium.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Full of passionate descriptions of performing, drinking, and sexual encounters, this debut is a messy but engaging shout-out to the rock-and-roll life.”

    Booklist

  • “This effervescent novel hits the right note every time. It may end up being a defining novel of the Obama generation.”

    Colin Channer, author of The Girl with the Golden Shoes

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tserhapetros tpb2471 | 11/25/2013

    " The book is kind of good but not a fast reading! Complected life of a musician! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette Nicole | 12/2/2011

    " Didn't really like the main character, so that make me less than thrilled with the book. It was well written, but I could never quite get all the way into it. "

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About the Author

Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and sociopolitical analysis during her twenty-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard University in 1990. Find out more at Farai.com.

About the Narrator

Sharon Washington is a critically acclaimed actress, whose performances have been called “sensational…a breakout…ferociously funny” by the New York Times. Notable theater credits include “The Lady” in the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys; Lady Anne, alongside Denzel Washington, in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III; and Valeria, alongside Christopher Walken, in Coriolanus. She is a graduate of Darmouth College and received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.