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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (419 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl Cleage Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781482977547
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The toast of Europe, Josephine Evans had spent thirty years abroad establishing her reputation as one of the finest actresses of her generation. In Amsterdam, she redefined who and what an African American diva could be, and her legions of loyal fans loved her for it. But when a war she didn’t even understand suddenly makes her the target of angry anti-American protests, Josephine is forced to return to America to see if she can find a new definition of home. Camping out with her granddaughter in Atlanta’s West End, Josephine tries to reclaim her old life even as she scrambles to shape her new one. An unexpected reunion with an old friend, Abbie Allen Browning, soon offers her a chance to set things right. Rallying with Abbie against an unscrupulous land developer who threatens to tear the community apart, Josephine finds herself playing the most important role of her life, as she shows her neighbors what courage really is and learns the real meaning of coming home.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sparkling…No doubt, Seen It All’s leading lady, actress Josephine Evans, will soon [become] a book-club fave.”

    Essence

  • “The uplifting end of the story is never in doubt, but Cleage provides enough plot turns and setbacks to make things interesting. Best of all, Josephine’s voice—independent, smart, wise, and funny—never flags. She’s a winning character.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Robin Miles is one of the best narrators in the business…Miles portrays Josephine’s militant patriotism, but behind all the bravado there’s a well of sorrow. Listeners will thoroughly enjoy this offbeat plot and Miles’s totally convincing narration.”

    AudioFile

  • “Cleage revives some beloved characters as she celebrates personal evolution and the joy of true homecoming. Fans of this bestselling author will love this latest work.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 2/17/2014

    " I think that I read this book in 2007 or 20008 when my grandma was sick and I was in chicago. It is about a fabulous woman who is past middle age. I just love all of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vilo | 2/17/2014

    " This Pearl Cleage was much better. It took on some tough issues but was manageable, even hopeful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/16/2014

    " Pretty good. I thought Babylon Sisters was better, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/4/2014

    " I adore Pearl, a little cinematic at the end... enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nandi Crawford | 1/21/2014

    " There is something about Pearl Cleage's books that just appeal to me that I just cannot put a finger on it. Could it be the fact that the folks all revolve around Atlanta,(except the first two) and the neighborhoods that are declining or situations that are desperate and you just cannot leave it without finding out the outcome would be. In this novel(and if you've been reading her novels, all her books are closely related to one another with the characters mingling from one book to the other). Anyhow, in this book, you have a expatriate American actress Josephine, who has come to a lull in her career abroad. Although she has opened and closed the plays in the theater she's been affliated with for over thirty years in Amsterdam, things come to a head, and suddenly being an American in Amsterdam or anywhere in Europe is not a great idea any longer. So, she decides to go on home to Atlanta, where her granddaughter, Zora, who is suffering from her involvement in a scandal(see Baby Boy Blues)and sitting at home watching The Wizard of Oz, and sipping on vodka on a steady basis. While checking on the home Josephine's mother left her, she finds an indignant transient who reads her the riot act, yet activate her to do something about it, and here is where the plot gets to humming and going good. First Josephine decides to rehabilitate the house, then her long lost friend Abbie hook her up with Aretha, who gets it going,then Zora gets caught up and starts an online show on the same project and things really start cooking and the work starts, even though you have this great community thing going, you gotta have some folks who don't want to see this and will do anything to prevent this from making this a reality. Not to give nothing away, but do check out this book for yourself and find out what happens and feel a whole lot better after reading this book. I guarantee you will. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 1/20/2014

    " As my mom would say, this book is hardly great literature. And yet it was SO much better written than I expected it to be. Chick lit for grown women. Entertaining and with a heroine you can really cheer for. Points removed for the author's giving the heroine a dead son and then pretending said fact hardly ever entered the character's consciousness. Otherwise, a lot of fun and a book which really truly would make a great movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawana | 1/18/2014

    " I was reminded how important it is to not let anything or anyone steal my joy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2014

    " I chose this book from the Library as I had read 'What looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day' and enjoyed it. This was good also. A nice easy read - nothing too though provoking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 1/16/2014

    " If I was an older woman with grandchildren who was having a midlife crisis, I might have liked this book better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhaverma | 1/6/2014

    " Great characters, love the dialog, story line is a little predictable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this book, read it from cover to cover in 3 days. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela Douge | 12/14/2013

    " This book was just ok...I felt like the ending was too unrealistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronda | 11/20/2013

    " Really enjoyed the reader, Robin Miles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amarie0081 | 11/15/2013

    " I just couldn't finish it. This is the second novel of Pearl that I have tried to read and couldn't finish. I just can't get into her style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyra | 11/9/2013

    " Nice feel good story. While this is part of a series, I know you can read it as a stand-alone book because I haven't read any others by her and I didn't feel that I was missing anything. My guess is that the other books take place in the same neighborhood, not that they are a continuing story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelique Armstead | 8/15/2013

    " Excelllent book. I didn't realize I was in the middle of a series. The characters were well written and evolved. Wasn't one of those books that left me guessing or feeling like there wasn't enough plot to develop all of the characters. Will definitely read more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AnnMarie Marranzini | 11/4/2012

    " Another wonderful Pearl Cleage --amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PHYLLIS HAMPTON | 10/11/2012

    " A good coming toghether book for those who dont know how.(one step at a time) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 9/16/2012

    " Just started reading this book, so far so good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/13/2011

    " Good story and I enjoyed this author's style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kossiwa | 11/2/2011

    " So far, this is a great read. I love her descriptions and the fact that some of the characters from her previous novels reappear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LJ | 8/23/2011

    " I'm enjoying the West End series with the addition of new characters and updates on the ones we've met in prior books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corliss | 1/30/2011

    " The book was a feel good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seritasunflower | 12/26/2010

    " This was a follow up to Baby Brother's Blues. The story was moving but the book was very predictable. Wonderful story of what happens when family and community pulls together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vilo | 6/26/2010

    " This Pearl Cleage was much better. It took on some tough issues but was manageable, even hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kossiwa | 6/10/2010

    " So far, this is a great read. I love her descriptions and the fact that some of the characters from her previous novels reappear. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 5/3/2010

    " This book was just ok...I felt like the ending was too unrealistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/13/2010

    " Good story and I enjoyed this author's style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 4/12/2010

    " I think that I read this book in 2007 or 20008 when my grandma was sick and I was in chicago. It is about a fabulous woman who is past middle age. I just love all of her books.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/18/2010

    " I chose this book from the Library as I had read 'What looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day' and enjoyed it. This was good also. A nice easy read - nothing too though provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawana | 12/1/2009

    " I was reminded how important it is to not let anything or anyone steal my joy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 8/15/2009

    " If I was an older woman with grandchildren who was having a midlife crisis, I might have liked this book better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amarie0081 | 1/6/2009

    " I just couldn't finish it. This is the second novel of Pearl that I have tried to read and couldn't finish. I just can't get into her style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/5/2008

    " I adore Pearl, a little cinematic at the end... enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 8/1/2008

    " I loved this book, read it from cover to cover in 3 days. "

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About the Author

Pearl Cleage is an award-winning playwright whose play Flyin’ West was the most-produced new play in the country in 1994 and a bestselling author whose novels include What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary DayI Wish I Had a Red DressSome Things I Never Thought I’d Do, and Baby Brother’s Blues, among others. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles, also known as Violet Grey, is an accent specialist and award-winning narrator of over two hundred audiobooks. She was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for The Pirate’s Daughter and 2008 Best Voice in Biography & History for Brother, I’m Dying.