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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Weisgarber Narrator: Myra Lucretia Taylor Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781449837792
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Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Ann Weisgarber’s moving and majestic debut highlights one black family’s struggle to survive the South Dakota Badlands.

It’s 1917—fourteen years after Rachel and Isaac Dupree came to this unforgiving land—and Isaac is proud of his landed independence. But rain stops falling, cattle are dying, and supplies are gone. Desperate and exhausted, Rachel determines to do what’s right for her children, herself, and her husband.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An indelibly affecting teaching story: How unchecked selfish desires, regardless of their origins in historical cruelty and deprivation, lead inevitably to suffering. A suffering that can be alleviated only by the realization of a pure love for others greater than one's desires for self. Rachel and Isaac DuPree and their tiny, vulnerable family stand as monuments to the forgotten millions of brutal, spirit deforming choices made and endured by so many brave and deeply wounded Americans.”

    Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

  • The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is a John Ford movie…with black people! It's spectacular! Really great! I can’t put it down. I’ve never read anything like it!”

    Viola Davis, Academy Award-nominated and Tony Award-winning actress

  • “Beautifully done, rendered in spare, un-showy prose as denuded as the Dakota earth; while Rachel is a marvellously realised creation.” 

    Guardian

  • “A rousing gallop with African American pioneers settling in the South Dakota Badlands.” 

    Ebony

  • “This debut novel…offers taut writing and an unusual subject.” 

    USA Today

  • Selected for the August 2010 Indie Next List
  • Recipient of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • Longlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Sullivan | 2/15/2014

    " I connected with Rachel as a character right away, and I love depictions of early 20th century Chicago and early 20th century frontier. I hadn't read a lot about African American settlers, and this is an engaging, evocative depiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 2/14/2014

    " Average. Felt like it ended abrubtly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 2/11/2014

    " An enjoyable read touching on the lives of blacks in Chicago and then the West at the beginning of the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/3/2014

    " I usually don't post my impressions of a book club book before the meeting but I really loved this book. I am sure after the meeting I will appreciate it even more. 4 1/2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/22/2014

    " So far I'm mostly concerned about the fact that this novel was written by a white woman via the POV of an African-American woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lschneier | 1/21/2014

    " A great tale of a strong woman who lived during early 1900's in Badlands. She marries an ambitious exsoldier who only marries her to make a homestead claim. Owning land is the most important thing to her while Rachel loves her family and Isaac and finally makes a decision to leave him to make a better life for her children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 1/20/2014

    " This book was a great slice of history of the west you don't often hear about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/11/2014

    " I won this in the First Reads giveaway! It was an excellent book, very compelling reading. It left me curious to find out more about black homesteaders, settling the Badlands, and race riots during the World War I era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 7/4/2013

    " I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eboni | 4/2/2013

    " Characters were complex and human, the story well written. I championed for and against the protagonists at various times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Watson | 1/17/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but it petered out at the end, which was disappointing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bismarck Public Library | 8/1/2012

    " CLICK HERE to find "The Personal History of Rachel DuPree: A Novel" in Bismarck Public Library's online catalog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Puchtelld | 4/29/2012

    " Not to happy with the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 3/31/2012

    " A story of a black woman married to a proud man, living with a number of chidren in harsh drought conditions in the Badlands, where they have homesteaded. Good story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brielle | 3/27/2012

    " It was like Sarah, Plain and Tall, if she were African-American. I enjoyed it. I especially liked how the Badlands of South Dakota was a character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 10/28/2011

    " I realized I went to bed worrying because of this book. Farmers/ranchers have to worry, and she had a lot to worry about. So I hurried and finished it quickly. Really liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helene | 9/18/2011

    " Best book I've read in a while (I read it in one sitting, it is that good). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 3/28/2011

    " Unsatisfying but not a bad story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 11/30/2010

    " Interesting historical fiction story about a black couple who homesteaded in the Badlands and what life was like for Rachel and her family. It was an interesting perspective. "

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About the Author
Ann Weisgarber was longlisted for the Orange Prize, was a finalist for the Orange Award for New Writers, and won the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters’ Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction for The Personal History of Rachel DuPree. She holds a master’s degree in sociology and has worked as a social worker and has taught high school and college. Born and raised in Kettering, Ohio, she has also lived in Boston and Des Moines and now divides her time between Sugar Land and Galveston, Texas, the setting of her novel The Promise, about a woman living through the Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900.
About the Narrator

Myra Lucretia Taylor has appeared on Broadway in Nine (for which she won a Tony Award), Macbeth, Electra, Mule Bone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Her film and television credits include Law & Order, OZ, Changing Lanes, Unfaithful, and Everyone Says I Love You. She is the recipient of an Earphones Award and is also a Fox Fellow.