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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (79 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elyse Singleton Narrator: Myra Lucretia Taylor, Sharon Washington, Richard Ferrone Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2002 ISBN: 9781449832414
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Award-winning journalist Elyse Singleton delivers what Essence calls “a gem—the perfect book to curl up with.” Best friends Lilian and Myraleen, two African-American women from rural Mississippi, travel to Europe during World War II to act as members of the Women’s Army Corps. During this time of segregation and destruction, both women discover love and heartbreak, triumph and defeat. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fully satisfying…A lovely story, lovingly told.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] smashing debut…[Singleton’s] created two unforgettable characters in a great cultural and period setting…Lyrical…This Side of the Sky doesn’t read like a first novel…a tight, multilayered text. She’s produced buff, funny, smart, well-paced writing with broad appeal…Both literary and enjoyable.”

    Denver Post

  • “A sprawling, ambitious saga about two women, lifelong friends, who live through World War II and its aftermath…Singleton has an economical, restrained style that is particularly effective in moments of high drama and wartime action…An often warming and poignant story of a seldom-visited side of the war, one that is well worth knowing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Singleton takes her characters from Nadir to Philadelphia and into the US Army in a spiraling mix of love, heartbreak, and humor with a novel that is a compassionate and compelling work of fiction written from the heart.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babydoll | 7/20/2013

    " A very pleasant read that depicts the lives of two women who are life long friends, and their journey through life as they experience both triumph and tragedy alike. I was pleased with this novel and will be sure to read continued works by Elyse Singleton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/23/2012

    " A lovely book about two African American women from their childhood in Nadir, Mississippi to their work in the Army during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 7/15/2012

    " Denver author. Came to our school library to speak. Really enjoyed this historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/16/2012

    " A really great book by this young author. Her first and only book so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 4/9/2012

    " Story of 2 African American women growing up in the south. Knowing there is something better for them out in the world. This is journey to find their place in the world. I was inspired and satisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Ross | 10/12/2011

    " This was a neat story of how two poor black girls from Mississippi grew up during the Depression & WWII era. I had no idea German POW's had been imprisoned in camps in the US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 1/4/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It gave a perspective of the WWI that I have not read about before, the story of two African American Women from the south and the part they had in helping with the war and where that lead them to after the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babydoll | 10/16/2010

    " A very pleasant read that depicts the lives of two women who are life long friends, and their journey through life as they experience both triumph and tragedy alike. I was pleased with this novel and will be sure to read continued works by Elyse Singleton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/9/2010

    " This was a neat story of how two poor black girls from Mississippi grew up during the Depression & WWII era. I had no idea German POW's had been imprisoned in camps in the US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/20/2008

    " A really great book by this young author. Her first and only book so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 10/8/2008

    " Denver author. Came to our school library to speak. Really enjoyed this historical fiction. "

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About the Narrators

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.

Sharon Washington is a critically acclaimed actress, whose performances have been called “sensational…a breakout…ferociously funny” by the New York Times. Notable theater credits include “The Lady” in the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys; Lady Anne, alongside Denzel Washington, in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III; and Valeria, alongside Christopher Walken, in Coriolanus. She is a graduate of Darmouth College and received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.