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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rita Coburn Whack Narrator: Lizan Mitchell, Susan Spain Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781436143691
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Emmy Award winner Rita Coburn Whack’s writing has been favorably compared to the work of Maya Angelou. In Meant to Be, Whack tells the story of a wise young woman named Patience who is about to embark upon a journey of the soul. When a traumatic incident causes Patience to lose sight of God’s path, she must find a way to regain her spirituality and cross the bridge into womanhood. With a heartfelt dual narration, listeners will savor this tale of reflection and spiritual awakening.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Whack has a secure turn of phrase and dares to introduce humor into the most poignant story. I like this kind of writing. Let’s have more.”

    Maya Angelou

  • Meant to Be is bursting with history, down-home vernacular and spiritual wisdom. The author, an award-winning TV and radio producer, has an obvious love for black history and culture and takes every opportunity to incorporate it into the story. Her narrative often goes out on a limb, using different literary genres to blend several stories in the earthly and spiritual realms.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Heartfelt…The book makes a sincere attempt to integrate Christianity, black history, and fiction, and Whack’s considerable narrative ability and the color and vigor of her prose add up to a highly readable tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mitchell’s and Spain’s seamless narration is filled with torturous turns through black vernacular as they crisscross through evocative church scenes, irreverent teen musings, deep remorse, and passion-filled reverie. Their voluptuous voices adroitly capture every oral quirk and nuance. They carefully create discernible personalities—young and old, male and female—while carrying each emotional sequence to a fulfilling conclusion.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “The call of the big city is at the center of this strong autobiographical first novel, and the vibrant Chicago setting—from the jazz clubs and the glamorous lakefront to the black working-class suburbs—roots the story across generations…It’s the trouble and the aching family discoveries that will speak to many readers.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shone | 9/19/2013

    " Very confusing did not enjoy the story. "

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About the Author

Rita Coburn Whack is a writer, television and radio producer, and on-air radio contributor. She is a two-time Emmy winner. She currently contributes to WBEZ-FM, Chicago’s public radio station.

About the Narrators

Lizan Mitchell has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration as well as nine Earphones Awards. She appears frequently on episodic television and more recently in the feature film The Human Stain.

Susan Spain has appeared on stages in New York City, across the United States, and in Europe. Performances includes roles in an international production of The Best of Broadway and a staging of Little Shop of Horrors at the Smithsonian Institute’s Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. She has also appeared in Hair.