The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton audiobook

The Revisioners: A Novel

By Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Read by Adenrele Ojo  and Myra Lucretia Taylor

Blackstone Publishing 9781640092587
8.39 Hours Unabridged
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Following her National Book Award–nominated debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton returns with this equally elegant and historically inspired story of survivors and healers, of black women and their black sons, set in the American South. In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine’s family. Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine’s descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays her grandchild to be her companion. But Martha’s behavior soon becomes erratic, then even threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine’s converge. The Revisioners explores the depths of women’s relationships―powerful women and marginalized women, healers and survivors. It is a novel about the bonds between a mother and a child, and the dangers that upend those bonds. At its core, The Revisioners ponders generational legacies, the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Best Literary Work of Fiction

An O Magazine Pick of the Buzziest Books Coming Out This Fall

A Parade Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks for Fall

An Entertainment Weekly Pick for Best Books of the Month

An Essence Magazine Pick for Fall

A Cosmopolitan Pick of the Month's Best Books

A BBC Pick of the Month

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

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Following her National Book Award–nominated debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton returns with this equally elegant and historically inspired story of survivors and healers, of black women and their black sons, set in the American South.

In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine’s family.

Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine’s descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays her grandchild to be her companion. But Martha’s behavior soon becomes erratic, then even threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine’s converge.

The Revisioners explores the depths of women’s relationships―powerful women and marginalized women, healers and survivors. It is a novel about the bonds between a mother and a child, and the dangers that upend those bonds. At its core, The Revisioners ponders generational legacies, the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A powerful tale of racial tensions across generations.” Parade
“A bracing window into Southern life and tensions, alternating between two women’s stories—set nearly 100 years apart.” Entertainment Weekly
“Sexton writes with such a clear sense of place and time that each of these intermingled stories feels essential and dramatic in its own way.” Washington Post
“The fragility fashioned by the sacrifices of Black bodies is confronted in this smart and spooky novel.” Essence
“At the intriguing crossroads of the seen and the unseen lies a weave among five generations of women.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"[In] this excellent story…a chilling plot twist reveals the insidious racial divide that stretches through the generations, but it’s the larger message that’s so timely.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[In] this rich audiobook…narrator Myra Lucretia Taylor…delivers a sumptuous portrait of Josephine as intelligent and capable yet suspicious of outsiders, especially white ones. Adenrele Ojo narrates the chapters about Ava…In a clear, contemporary-sounding voice, Ojo portrays Ava’s reluctance to rely on others and her fierce protection of her son. Both narrators capture these intense characters as they blossom.” AudioFile
“Tackles generational legacies, the echoes of history, and strength of bonds between women.” Literary Hub
"The Revisioners is a passionate exploration of liberty, heritage, sisterhood, and motherhood in New Orleans.” BookPage
“Readers will engage fully in this compelling story of African American women who have power in a culture that attempts to dismantle it.” Booklist
The Revisioners is a sweeping, deeply felt meditation on sacrifice and survival. Nuanced and elegantly told, The Revisioners reminds us that history is alive and that we should never lose hope.” Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar
“I was mesmerized by The Revisioners, a time-bending epic about family, desire, strength, and terror, as well as the possibly supernatural power of the stories we tell ourselves. Sexton’s novel is extraordinary, and its effects will go on and on.” R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries
“An impeccable novel of magic, loss, and family, all anchored by generations of powerful women.” Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Up
“A novel as beautiful as it is hauntingly dazzling, it’s filmic in scope and sensory detail.” Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People
“Written in a haunted present and a past that’s not past, The Revisioners honors the living and the lost in a painful, tender testament to the power of fiction.” Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State

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Author

Author Bio: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Author Bio: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth and law at the University of California, Berkeley. A recipient of the Lombard fellowship, she spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil-rights organization and writing her first manuscript, A Kind of Freedom, which received an honorable mention in the Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in Grey Sparrow Journal, Limestone Journal, and Broad! magazine, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English