Summer

In Speaking of Summer, critically acclaimed author Kalisha Buckhanon has created a postmodern, fast-paced story of urban peril and victim invisibility, and the complicated truths at the heart of every family.

A literary thriller about one woman's desperate search for her missing twin sister, a multi-layered mystery set against the neighborhoods of Harlem….
On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer's twin sister Summer walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again―the door to the roof is locked, and no footsteps are found. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing woman, Autumn must pursue answers on her own, all while grieving her mother's recent death.

With her friends and neighbors, Autumn pretends to hold up through the crisis. She falls into an affair with Summer's boyfriend to cope with the disappearance of a woman they both loved. But the loss becomes too great, the mystery too inexplicable, and Autumn starts to unravel, all the while becoming obsessed with murdered women and the men who kill them.

In Speaking of Summer, critically acclaimed author Kalisha Buckhanon has created a fast-paced story of urban peril and victim invisibility, and the fight to discover the complicated truths at the heart of every family.

Speaking of Summer

IN STORES JULY 30, 2019

PRAISE

“This mysterious novel is well worth the wait.” —O, The Oprah Magazine >>

“The lives and lives loves left behind by women whose names we don’t say are shown in this novel.” —Essence Magazine >>

"A spellbinding masterpiece, a riveting read from a young woman who has become a major American storyteller." —Sapphire, Critically acclaimed author of The Kid and PUSH adapted to the Academy Award-winning film Precious

“A powerful song about what it means to survive as a woman in America.” —Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award-winning author of Sing, Unburied, Sing and Salvage the Bones

"A culturally crucial literary novel that contains the raw, beating heart of a thriller.” —Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Cover of Snow, As Night Falls and Wicked River

“A literary gift.” —Bernice L. McFadden, NAACP Image Award-winning author of Book of Harlan and Praise Song for the Butterflies

"A mysterious and haunting tale about the powerlessness of women of color and society’s indifference toward them. ” —Connie Briscoe, New York Times-bestselling author of P.G County and Sisters & Lovers

"SPEAKING OF SUMMER has everything: beauty, bite, raw truth, nail-biting urgency, and a central mystery that’s both timely and timeless." —Abby Geni, Barnes & Noble Discover Award-winning author of The Wildlands and The Lightkeepers

"SPEAKING OF SUMMER endures the devastation of loss and embraces the power of love." —Sandra Jackson-Opoku, author of The River Where Blood is Born and Hot Johnny & The Women Who Loved Him

 "The author’s finest work to date. This is a New York story for the ages, the country, the world.” —Colin Channer, Silver Musgrave Medal in Literature-winning author of Passing Through and Waiting in Vain

“Buckhanon’s elegant images of grief most captivate." —Booklist

"Buckhanon understands the complexities of trauma.” —Kirkus Reviews
"The emotional excavation and centering of Autumn's experience is as crucial to the story as revealing the mystery." —Publishers Weekly

“Buckhanon’s literary psychothriller is a deeply felt, searching portrait of twin sisters.” —Crimereads >>

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““The lives and lives loves left behind by women whose names we don’t say are shown in this novel… Autumn Spencer can’t divorce thoughts of women who lose their lives to men’s anger. As she becomes increasingly frustrated with the police and consumed with grief, she sets out to find out how and why her sister suddenly vanished from a Harlem rooftop, becoming a voice for the invisible in the process.” —Essence Magazine

"Kalisha Buckhanon's SPEAKING OF SUMMER is a spellbinding masterpiece, a riveting read from a young woman who has become a major American storyteller." —Sapphire, author of The Kid and PUSH  adapted to the Academy Award-winning film Precious

“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-winning author of Sing, Unburied, Sing and Salvage the Bones

"Kalisha Buckhanon's SPEAKING OF SUMMER is that rarest of books--a culturally crucial literary novel that contains the raw, beating heart of a thriller. Buckhanon juggles themes of race and ethnicity, mental health and addiction, along with sibling loyalty and rivalry. Best of all is a secret, not entirely unfurled till the end, that compels the reader to solve the mystery of Summer." — Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Cover of Snow, As Night Falls and Wicked River

“Lyrical and luscious, SPEAKING OF SUMMER is a literary gift.” —Bernice L. McFadden, NAACP Image Award-winning author of Book of Harlan and Praise Song for the Butterflies

"A mysterious and haunting tale about the powerlessness of women of color and society’s indifference toward them. But also about their indomitable will to survive.” —Connie Briscoe, New York Times-bestselling author of P.G. County and Sisters & Lovers

"Speaking of Summer has everything: beauty, bite, raw truth, nail-biting urgency, and a central mystery that’s both timely and timeless." —Abby Geni, Barnes & Noble Discover Award-winning author of The Wildlands and The Lightkeepers

"Who cares about the disappearance of Summer—a beautiful, broken Black woman? No one but her twin sister, Autumn. Yet things are not always as they appear in this absorbing drama that is equal parts women’s fiction and suspense thriller. As it plumbs the fissures of the human psyche, SPEAKING OF SUMMER endures the devastation of loss and embraces the power of love." —Sandra Jackson-Opoku, author of The River Where Blood is Born and Hot Johnny & The Women Who Loved Him

 "Kalisha Buckhanon’s book is at once meditative and full of narrative drive. This audacious blend of mystery, family drama, intimate characterization, and sensitive exploration of the personal and social implications of loss is the author’s finest work to date. This is a New York story for the ages, the country, the world.” —Colin Channer, Silver Musgrave Medal in Literature-winning author of Passing Through and Waiting in Vain