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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (317 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane McKinney-Whetstone Narrator: Susan Spai Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning author of the national bestseller Tumbling, Diane McKinney-Whetstone is an immensely talented author of African American fiction. It is 1965 in Philadelphia and Clarise, Finch, and their three adolescent daughters are living a financially privileged life. But when Finch’s business falls on hard times and Clarise suffers a mental breakdown, their idyllic world is shattered and their daughters are endangered. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “McKinney-Whetstone does not simply tell a fine story but conjures a world, storms and all, between the covers.”

    Washington Post

  • “A first-rate novel; highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Each character is unforgettable in this powerful story about family and how good and bad experiences bond and destroy those relationships.”


  • “Philadelphia in 1965 comes alive in this fast-moving story of courage and determination…all ends happily. All of the characters are uniquely and vividly drawn.”

    School Library Journal

  • “McKinney-Whetstone’s gifts as a writer continue to fascinate.”              

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “McKinney-Whetstone solidifies her position as a writer of well-crafted, serious popular fiction…McKinney-Whetstone is masterful at rendering the spaces between people, giving to the air that separates them a taste, a texture, a soul.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy Annas | 11/25/2013

    " LOVE this author. This one isn't quite as fantastic as Tumbling, but still a beautiful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 10/16/2013

    " A friend of mine read this book and loved it. While I also loved her writing style, I kept expecting more to happen in the 200+ pages. It was definitely more about character development than the story itself, which is not all bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jena Williams | 8/26/2013

    " Ooh, I loved this book. It was so much fun to read! And I hadn't really experienced a book that was so much fun before this one! It's a beautiful story about African American life, complete with lovely words and grand description! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenene | 8/11/2013

    " This author never disappoints. Stories are always heartfelt and makes you feel like you are there feeling every single emotion. Beautifully written. Highly recommend!! "

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