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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: March 2004 ISBN: 9781470325374
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/19/2013

    " Wonderful read. Heavy stuff though. Reminds me of clients in my public health work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonita Otey | 9/12/2013

    " I loved this book. I felt like I was right there with Neet and Shay. Diane McKinney-Whetstone always brings it home for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 De | 8/11/2013

    " Another excellent book. It's hard to describe what it's about, you just have to read it and absorb the wonderful characters and the changes that they go through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 7/27/2013

    " I love this book. This is definitely on my top 5! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia | 7/24/2013

    " Tons of drama on Cecil Street. I loved Joe's character. I didn't care for Louise at all. Alberta was crazy, and I loved Neet and Shay's friendship. Diane McKinney really knows how to tell a story. Very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Dacosta | 4/26/2013

    " Leaving Cecil Street is a near flawless execution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwendolyn Dabney | 3/3/2013

    " This was a great read, true page turner. The story if of a neighborhood in Philadelphia. I've recommeded this book to many friends "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 2/19/2013

    " Such a wonderful book. I loved how all their lives were intertwined before and after Cecil Street. Diane McKinney-Whetstone is definitely a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 2/10/2013

    " I have read of few of her books, and they always start out painfully slow and pick up somewhere in the middle. If you can get through the backstory and the seemingly random information it will be very worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette Nicole | 1/7/2013

    " verklempt. i clutched my pearls through about 76% of this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 12/10/2012

    " Another beautiful West Philadelphia story from McKinney-Whetstone. Characters are richly developed and always interesting. She is a specialist at constructing unconventional but realistic interpersonal relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 10/29/2012

    " A mystery story of sorts which unfolds in a black neighborhood in south Philadelphia circa 1969. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 10/21/2012

    " This is an amazing story about a tragedy that changes a friendship, family love/discovery, and loss. Every character plays an important role & the way the author tells the story keeps you engossed until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 9/3/2012

    " Nazareth Memorial Library Book Club book. "

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About the Author
Author Diane McKinney-Whetstone

The author of the critically acclaimed novels Tumbling, Tempest Rising, Blues Dancing, Leaving Cecil Street, and Trading Dreams at Midnight, Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Literary Award for Fiction, which she won twice. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband. For more on Diane McKinney-Whetstone please visit www.mckinney-whetstone.com or follow her on Twitter @Dianemckwh.