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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:
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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.” 


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


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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