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Speaking of Summer: A Novel by [Kalisha Buckhanon]
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Nominated for the 2020 AAMBC Literary Awards Urban Book of the Year

“Kalisha Buckhanon’s characters are both fearless and haunted, brave and burdened by the past. Speaking of Summer gives us a powerful song about what it means to survive as a woman in America.” —Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing

“Powerful.” —The Washington Post

“Buckhanon unravels a powerful story that examines violence, race and grief.” —Time

“Thrilling.” —Entertainment Weekly

”An absolutely riveting thriller about a woman who’s desperate to find her missing twin sister amid a criminal justice system that’s weighted against people of color. Come for Kalisha Buckhanon’s addictive writing and stay for a truly mind–blowing twist.” —Cosmopolitan

“Novels of psychological suspense often employ unreliable narrators—think Gone Girl or Shutter Island—but Buckhanon, who’s also known for her work as an on–air true crime expert, employs the device not to keep readers off–balance, but rather to evoke Autumn’s fragility and raise universal questions about mental illness, racism, and love . . . Fiercely astute.” —Tayari Jones, O, The Oprah Magazine

“This book packs a punch, so buckle in . . . [A] quick read that creatively and captivatingly approaches themes of mental health and identity.” —Sarah Neilson, Shondaland

“A voice for the invisible.” —Essence

“Will grab ahold of your mind and your heart.”—Elite Daily

“Kalisha Buckhanon has created a narrative voice that’s authentic, emotionally charged and wise, but beneath the surface of the story lurks the unraveling of a life and how 'even the biological imperative to survive' can sometimes lose against the 'power of past experiences.' Buckhanon has crafted a deeply moving psychological mystery with twists that come in unhurried moments like the small notes the sisters buried in bottles in their garden shed. I’m going to be talking about Summer for a while.” —Star–Tribune (Minneapolis)

“Mysterious urgency is what drives this complex and suspenseful novel, which follows 34–year–old Autumn as she sacrifices her professional and personal life—as well as her emotional and psychological wellbeing—in the pursuit of her missing sister, Summer. The story unravels in Autumn's mind, reading at times like a stream of consciousness with flashbacks woven throughout, and culminates in a powerful story of discovery—on the surface, a search for Autumn's sister, but ultimately an excavation of herself.” —BuzzFeed

“A dynamic and important story that will provoke needed conversations about the devastating effects of trauma and mental illness.” —Chicago Review of Books

“What do you do when your twin, your other half, disappears, and no one seems to notice? . . . Buckhanon (Solemn, 2016) captures Autumn’s frustration at the undervaluing of Black women, accompanied by the creeping gentrification of her Harlem neighborhood. Not only are individual Black women disappearing, so are the communities that keep them safe.” —Booklist (starred review)

“The novel explores issues of race, gender, and violence with nuance . . . Buckhanon understands the complexities of trauma. Her portrait of Autumn's grief, fragmented memories, and inner turmoil all synthesize current scientific research on how people cope with traumatic experiences and might seek to heal.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A spellbinding masterpiece, a riveting read from a young woman who has become a major American storyteller.” —Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid

About the Author

KALISHA BUCKHANON is the author of the novels Solemn, Conception, and Upstate. Her honors include a Literary Fiction Audie Award, American Library Association ALEX Award, Friends of American Writers Award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, Pushcart Prize and Hurston-Wright Awards nominations, and special Young Author award from novelist Terry McMillan. She also appears on ID Channel, BET, and TV One as a true crime expert in cases involving women. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07GS67DZC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Counterpoint (July 30, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 30, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2621 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Kalisha Buckhanon is the author of SPEAKING OF SUMMER, SOLEMN, CONCEPTION and UPSTATE as well as numerous stories, essays, articles and blogs on her site She was a true crime TV commentator on BET, ID Channel and TV One. She and her work featured also in such media as Essence, O Magazine, People, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Elle, The Guardian/London Observer and more. UPSTATE is an American Library Association ALEX Award winner, Audie Award in Literary Fiction winner, Terry McMillan Young Author Award winner, Hurston-Wright Foundation Debut Fiction Finalist and National Book Foundation &quot;Literature for Justice&quot; title. Kalisha has an M.A. and B.A. in English from University of Chicago, where she was elected into Phi Beta Kappa. Her Creative Writing M.F.A. is from The New School in New York City. She is at work on new projects in her home state of Illinois, where she was born in the small town of Kankakee.

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