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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (230 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane McKinney-Whetstone Narrator: Saidah Arrika Ekulona Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Best-selling author Diane McKinney-Whetstone has won such prizes as the Zora Neale Hurston Society award for creative contribution to literature. Set in 1969, Leaving Cecil Street takes place in a proud neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The block has just thrown a summertime street party. Joe and Louise have been married for awhile, and Joe loves his wife. But sometimes he wonders what might have been if he had pursued some of those dreams he left behind. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Diane McKinney-Whetstone…creates a unique, believable black middle-class world where there are no villains—just individuals trying their very best to get through life while inflicting minimum pain on each other, or themselves…These people are flawed, human, and engaging in the best sense.”

    Washington Post

  • Leaving Cecil Street is spellbinding, flawlessly written, and deeply moving. Diane McKinney-Whetstone is an immensely gifted writer who seamlessly weaves a rich tapestry of desire and discontent in this engrossing tale of working-class Philadelphians coping with change and each other.” Essence
  • “Wistful, melodious, contemplative, McKinney-Whetstone’s prose feels inspired…[and] is remarkable for the rich development of all its characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “McKinney-Whetstone offers finely drawn characters and an evocative setting while exploring human relations in a close-knit black community.”


  • “The author depicts…[the] pivotal events in other characters’ lives that explain the complex, secret, and often painful connections among them. This richly poetic novel offers a vivid depiction of urban life during the early post-civil-rights era.”

    School Library Journal

  • “[A] heartfelt fourth from McKinney-Whetstone, who has a true talent for strong characters, effortlessly natural dialogue, and prose that flows.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by pjreads ♫ | 1/4/2014

    " 25.4b author shares random gen: Diana Nightingale "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenene | 12/26/2013

    " Deeply moving and spellbinding. The way the characters were all connected in some way in the past and brought together in the end was flawless and beautiful! I loved it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jillian | 12/5/2013

    " Amazing. She knows how to tell a story. Great Read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel | 11/24/2013

    " Did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I like the way the author unfolds this story "

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