Speaking of Summer
A literary thriller about one woman's desperate search for her missing twin sister, a multi-layered mystery set against the neighborhoods of Harlem. In Speaking of Summer, critically acclaimed author Kalisha Buckhanon has created a postmodern, fast-paced story of urban peril and victim invisibility, and the fight to discover truth at any cost.
Upstate tells the story of Antonio and Natasha, Harlem lovers torn apart when Antonio is convicted of a crime within his family. While Antonio serves his sentence, Natasha becomes his hope. Their 10-year romantic saga lives through hopeful letters which change their lives. Upstate is an Essence bestseller, winner of an American Library Association (ALA) ALEX Award and Audie Award in Literary Fiction (audiobook), a Hurston-Wright Foundation Debut Fiction nominee, included on New York Public Library’s List of Best Books for Teens, included in the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) list of Best Books for Young Adults, and selected as a National Book Foundation Literature for Justice title.
Solemn Redvine is a precocious Mississippi girl who senses a nearby baby may be her half-sibling: the outcome of her father’s mistakes with a married woman who lives in their mobile home community. After Solemn witnesses a man drop the baby down a community well, she struggles to understand the event, leaving her forever changed. When her father’s next mistake – a robbery – lands Solemn in a group home for troubled girls, she meets a Chicago delinquent who wants to escape. Solemn is an Essence, Bustle, Hello Beautiful, Deep South and Citizen-Times Reading List Pick.
Told by a young mother in Chicago and her unborn child, Conception narrates the true love affairs and comings-of-ages of Black women across several eras of history. With spirits of resilience and adventure, Shivana and Conception fulfill wishes for love and rebirth. Conception is a winner of a Friends of American Writers Award in Adult Literature, one of School Library Journal’s Best Adult Books for High School Students and included in the ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association list of Best Books for Young Adults 2006.