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Author: Stephanie Powell Watts Narrator: Janina Edwards Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9780062660619
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JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he’s startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she can’t seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant, frustrated by the demise of the furniture industry, which has outsourced to China and stripped the area of jobs. Ava’s mother, Sylvia, caters to and meddles with the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia’s unworthy but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging around.

JJ’s return—and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava—not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider the cards they’ve been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it. Can they reorient their lives to align with their wishes rather than their current realities? Or are they all already resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead?

No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice: with echoes of The Great Gatsby it is an arresting and powerful novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. In evocative prose, Stephanie Powell Watts has crafted a full and stunning portrait that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Great Gatsby migrates to the American South in Watts’ powerful novel.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A compassionate and well-timed social commentary, wherein people like us endeavor, falter, and finally endure.”

    O, the Oprah Magazine

  • “This timely novel sheds its green light on economic and emotional heartbreak and the spaces where the living meet the dead.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Watts writes about ordinary people leading ordinary lives with an extraordinary level of empathy and attention…The novel’s intricately plotted relationships pay off satisfyingly in its final chapters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Watts is so captivating a writer. She’s unusually deft with dialogue…An indelible story.”

    Washington Post

  • “This universally resonant story of the American Dream is a poignant examination of family and human nature.”

    Chicago Review of Books

  • “Imagine The Great Gatsby, only set in the contemporary American South and retold with black characters…Watts’ retelling is smart, unsettling, at times hilarious, and a wonderful update to this classic American novel.”

    Nylon magazine

  • “Stephanie Powell Watts is a writer of wondrous skill, imagination, and sensitivity, and No One Is Coming to Save Us is a beautiful testament to that.”

    Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “A powerful—and, in today’s world, necessary—perspective on the American dream and the possibility of beginning again.”

    Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Watts powerfully depicts the struggles many Americans face trying to overcome life’s inevitable disappointments.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Watts shares with us an often neglected segment of America—working and middle-class African Americans living in the current century…Believable and gratifying without being pat.”

    Library Journal

  • “Watts offers a human tale of resilience and the universally understood drive to hang on and do whatever it takes to save oneself.”


  • “[With] narrator Janina Edwards’ Southern accent and mature, commanding voice…the miserable circumstances of one African–American family unfold.”


  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick for April 2017
  • An Elle Magazine Pick for Most Anticipated Novels of 2017
  • A BookPage Top Pick for April 2017
  • Washington Post Top 10 Book of Books We Loved
  • Wall Street Journal Pick for Summer Reads
  • Seattle Times Best Book for Summer Reading
  • Nylon Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2017
  • Redbook Magazine Pick of Upcoming Books
  • Chicago Review of Books Pick

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About the Author

Stephanie Powell Watts, an associate professor of English at Lehigh University, has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and the Southern Women’s Writers Award for Emerging Writer of the Year. She was also a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for her short story collection We Are Taking Only What We Need.

About the Narrator

Janina Edwards, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a native of Chicago and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts acting program. Her 2016 performance of Voice of Freedom was a finalist for the Audie Award.