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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (991 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Randall Narrator: Alice Randall Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In an inspired act of literary invention, Alice Randall explodes the world created in Margaret Mitchell's famous 1936 novel, the work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South. Imagine simply that the black characters peopling that world were completely different, not egregious, one-dimensional stereotypes but fully alive, complex human beings. And then imagine, quite plausibly, that at the center of this world moves an illegitimate mulatto woman, and that this woman, Cynara, Cinnamon, or Cindy, beautiful and brown, gets to tell her story.

Cindy is born into a world in which she is unacknowledged by her plantation-owning father and passed over by her mother in favor of her white charges. Sold off like so much used furniture, she eventually makes her way back to Atlanta to take up with a prominent white businessman, only to leave him for an aspiring politician of her own color. Moving from the Deep South to the exhilarating freedom of Reconstruction Washington, with its thriving black citizenry, Cindy experiences firsthand the promise of the new era at its dizzying peak, just before it begins to slip away. Alluding to events in Mitchell's novel but ingeniously and ironically transforming them, The Wind Done Gone is an exquisitely written, emotionally complex story of a strong, resourceful black woman breaking away from the damaging world of the Old South to emerge into her own, a person capable of not only receiving but giving love, as daughter, lover, and mother. A book that gives voice to those history has silenced, The Wind Done Gone is an elegant literary achievement of significant political force and a novel whose time has finally come. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stacy | 2/19/2014

    " This book was not really what I expected so I'm not sure if that is why I only thought it was ok or if it is because the book stinks. I am a huge GWTW fan and really thought this would be interesting. It barely touched on any of the characters one would be familiar with as a GWTW fan. However, it did provide an interesting and dark twist on the O'Hara family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pumpkinbear | 1/23/2014

    " I probably needed to have all of my romantic ideologies about Gone with the Wind destroyed by this profounder truth, but it still hurt. Oh, Rhett, you're really not the sexy scalawag, are you? You're actually pretty pathetic, like all of us deep down, and your prejudices and sexism and immaturity and ignorance are just that many more things that women who love you will try to fix, then try to love anyway, then try to tolerate. And then they'll leave to try it again with some other man, and you'll find someone else that you think you can fix or who thinks they can fix you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mardell | 1/16/2014

    " Good read especially if you have read Gone With the Wind, Scarlett and Rhett's people. This book is much shorter, but contains good detail. Most of the story takes place after the war, during the Reconstruction and towards the end of the Reconstruction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica Anderson | 1/13/2014

    " I don't like what the author did to Scarlett, but it's interesting to see a different perspective to a classic. "

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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.