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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (978 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane McKinney-Whetstone Narrator: Myra Lucretia Taylor Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tumbling is a national bestseller from an exhilarating new voice in African American fiction.

Set in Philadelphia in the 1940s and 50s, this emotionally inspiring story revolves around Noon and Herbie, a couple with more than a few obstacles to overcome. They raise two girls left on their doorstep, struggle to keep their unconsummated marriage alive, and fight to save their urban neighborhood from development. Both Noon and Herbie have secrets. Because of this she can’t be intimate with her husband, and he sneaks out to a hot jazz singer named Ethel—who has a secret of her own. When the city proposes to build a road through their neighborhood, Noon begins a crusade to keep it from happening—and maybe save her marriage in the process. Tumble into this amazing novel and feel the love and warmth of a special block in South Philly. This is an extraordinary depiction of the true meaning of family and fellowship, with a realistic mix of both joy and sorrow.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amber | 2/11/2014

    " Beautifully written book set in 1940s-50s Philadelphia. Characters are rich and interesting. One of those books you don't want to end (but at least McKinney-Whetstone has written others)! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Juliet | 2/6/2014

    " Absolutely fantastic, a definite must read. The characters are compelling & the issues that each character has to deal with is believeable. I really enjoyed this book!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diana | 2/1/2014

    " I received this book in a First Reads giveaway. Well-written and colorful, the core of the book must be the development of Fannie and Liz - raised as sisters they partake of labels placed on them by society and yet defy them and evolve in surprising ways. An interesting and intricate read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Ann | 1/30/2014

    " Pretty darn near as good as Blues Dancing. "

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