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    A Coretta Scott King Honor Book

    Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus' bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

    Port of Spain, Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she's going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor's daughter. Audre's grandmother, Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own), tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won't lose her roots, not even in some place called Minneapolis. "America have dey spirits too, believe me," she tells Audre.

    Minneapolis, USA. Sixteen-year-old Mabel is lying on her bed, staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out why she feels the way she feels - about her ex, Terrell, about her girl, Jada, and that moment they had in the woods, and about the vague feeling of illness that's plagued her all summer. Mabel's reverie is cut short when her father announces that his best friend and his just-arrived-from-Trinidad daughter are coming for dinner.

    Mabel quickly falls hard for Audre and is determined to take care of her as she tries to navigate an American high school. But their romance takes a turn when test results reveal exactly why Mabel has been feeling low-key sick all summer, and suddenly it's Audre who is caring for Mabel as she faces a deeply uncertain future.

    Junauda Petrus' debut brilliantly captures the distinctly lush and lyrical voices of Mabel and Audre as they conjure a love that is stronger than hatred, prison, and death and as vast as the blackness between the stars.

    ©2019 Junauda Petrus (P)2019 Listening Library

    Commentaires

    "Fearless." (Teen Vogue)

    "Like Toni Morrison, who redrew the narrative of black experience with novels set in Midwestern small towns, Petrus is redrawing a map, creating an Eden where Caribbean, black and LGBT culture can find beauty and lushness, spirituality, history and sustenance." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

    "Petrus’s prose is rhythmic, colloquial, and unabashedly erotic." (City Pages)

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    • 21/09/2019

    My Gawd

    This is the most luscious book I have ever read. It's my new favorite.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 15/11/2019

    I am sad that the book had to come to an end

    This may be one of the best books I have ever read. It is a coming of age/coming of queer story that will grip your heart and male you feel panicked at the thought of having to stop reading. It is also a cross cultural exchange. America and Trinidad. It is love, it is hope, it is joy, it is sadness. It is a must read.

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    • 09/09/2020

    Savor this book

    Allow it to wash over you and to carry you across oceans and through space. Let the lyricism slip over you and allow yourself to sink into the deep themes of the novel. Experience the emotional tumult of Audre and Mabel and thrill at their complex, intelligent, and gentle characterization. One of the best books I’ve read this decade. I listened to it on audiobook and am excited to re-experience it through reading. In addition to recommending this book I want to advise readers to trust in it. When you read it it is worth letting go and allowing the book to take you on its own journey. We are safe in Junauda Petrus’ hands.

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    • 19/10/2019

    This story is a gift

    The intersections and beauty of this book are something unique and fully authentic. I’m so thankful for this book as a queer person, an educator and as a minneapolis resident! All three of the readers were wonderful! The poetry creating new sections set a magical tone.

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    • Laresa W.
    • 25/11/2020

    Absolutely Beautiful

    This book is written well, and it kelp my attention the entire book. I listened to it twice because it was that good. You will not be disappointed. It’s one of the best books I’ve listened to in a while. It’s heartbreaking and romantic at the same time.

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    • Towanda
    • 24/11/2020

    Beautiful Story

    The beginning drugged a little bit for me. The switching between characters. As the story went further, the story turned into something beautiful. I like to read stories with strong Black women. Good storyline.

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    • 21/11/2020

    Moving

    The writing and the narrators are outstanding. Very much worth the read. The book did NOT follow a predictable path, and the journey felt so authentic

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    • Zhane'l Speaks
    • 04/09/2020

    Beautiful read

    Wow! This was a beautiful read. I loved how each character had their own voice and how those voices made me feel connected to them. I really love how the book ended. I visualized the book as a movie.

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    • 29/08/2020

    WOW!

    Im blown away with this story. One of the best I have heard in awhile.

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    • Brittany T genius
    • 19/08/2020

    So Goood

    This story was so captivating! The character development was effortless and so believable. As a 30 yr old black queer lesbian from Brooklyn, i vibed with this story so hard. It brought mw back to my childhood and all its memories. I will definitely buy the physical book!