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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Randall Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Windsor Armstrong is a polished, Harvard educated, African American professor of Russian literature. Her son, Pushkin X, is an exceedingly famous pro-football player, an achievement that impresses his mother not at all. Even more distressing, however, is that her beloved son has just become engaged to a gorgeous white Russian émigré who also happens to be a lap dancer.

For Windsor, this is no laughing matter. Determined to get to the source of it, she embarks on a journey into her own rich past. As she moves ever closer to the secret that has cast a shadow over her life, she discovers that the half-lies she has fed her son don’t add up to the beauty of the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ruthless wit and riveting style.”

    O, the Oprah Magazine

  • “Provocative…utterly different, impressively original…An in-your-face exploration of what it means to be black in America.”


  • “A stunningly gutsy, literate, and original novel.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Spicy soul food-for-thought.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Provocative…with this heady tale, Randall proves decisively that she is more than a parodist.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “It’s hard to imagine a better match of novel and narration than this sparkling, dynamic audio exploration of race, motherhood, literature, and identity. Pitts throws herself into this performance, and her energy, wit, and sass seem wholly in sync with a novel of astounding sophistication, insight, and surprise.”


  • “Highly inventive…[a] profoundly moving look at the complexities of race and family in the context of one woman’s search for reconciliation and redemption.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clare | 10/30/2012

    " read this for bookclub. Thought-provoking. Worth reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cheryl | 11/7/2011

    " Interesting book, I didn't like Windsor very much when I first met her. I thought she was a bigot, a snob, and way, way too judgmental. The more I read of her story and her background the more I softened towards her, at the same time she softens towards Tanya her beloved son's fiancee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chanel | 5/31/2011

    " starts slow, but pretty good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by zoya | 4/2/2011

    " "...anything you have enough time to go back to, has time enough to change." - Alice Randall "

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About the Author
Author Alice Randall

Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone. She was awarded the Free Spirit Award in 2001 and the Literature Award of Excellence by the Memphis Black Writers Conference in 2002, and she was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in 2002. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.