Nowhere Is a Place by Bernice L. McFadden audiobook

Nowhere Is a Place

By Bernice L. McFadden
Read by Myra Lucretia Taylor

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
9.07 Hours Unabridged
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Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most importantly, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family’s past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and reluctant to reveal its secrets; but Sherry remains determined. In just a few days’ time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them. What Sherry and Dumpling find on their trip is nothing less than the assorted pieces of their family’s past. Pulled together, they reveal a history of amazing survival and abundant joy.

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Summary

Summary

Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most importantly, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family’s past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and reluctant to reveal its secrets; but Sherry remains determined. In just a few days’ time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them. What Sherry and Dumpling find on their trip is nothing less than the assorted pieces of their family’s past. Pulled together, they reveal a history of amazing survival and abundant joy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Bernice L. McFadden’s Nowhere Is a Place is a hauntingly disturbing and redemptive frame story of many generations of a Yamasee Native American and African American family from pre-slavery times until July 1995.” Bowling Green Daily News
“Compelling, beautifully written, and profoundly human, McFadden has conjured a tale of a fractured family who journey across the country and back through history to unearth painful truths that unexpectedly reshape their relationships with each other." Lynn Nottage, playwright, author of Intimate Apparel
“Myra Lucretia Taylor’s narration takes the listener into the simmering tension between the no-nonsense mother and bohemian daughter, who are, nevertheless, almost mirror images of each other. Taylor creates unforgettable voices for a variety of characters as Dumpling’s stories unfold a 150-year genealogy and stimulate long overdue dialogue. Through Taylor’s lyrical portraits, listeners grow to understand how the family stories of slavery, brutality, and survival finally empower Sherry to share the secret she has withheld from her mother.” AudioFile
“A poignant tale of self-discovery in the face of a complicated family history.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“With a good dose of poignancy about life and finding the wisdom of the world for ourselves, Nowhere Is a Place is a fine addition to modern literary fiction collections.” Midwest Book Review
“An engrossing multigenerational saga…With her deep engagement in the material and her brisk but lyrical prose, McFadden creates a poignant epic of resiliency, bringing Sherry to a well-earned awareness of her place atop the shoulders of her ancestors, those who survived so that she might one day, too.” Publishers Weekly
“McFadden weaves together a terrific multigenerational family tale that, like Alex Hailey’s Roots, will inspire readers to research their family history. Writing in a mystical style similar to that of Gloria Naylor’s Bailey’s Cafe, McFadden is an imaginative storyteller who mesmerizes readers with her words.” Library Journal
“Telling her story from two perspectives and on two levels—the mother-daughter relationship and Sherry’s fictional account—McFadden brings added texture to this story of reconciliation." Booklist
Nowhere Is a Place is a powerful portrait of family secrets, damage, and healing, probing deep below the surface of an African American family’s history to mend present-day relationships…Ms. McFadden has a beautiful writing style that is simultaneously lyrical and transparent. In parts of the narrative, time seems to stand still as she describes an event in riveting minute-to-minute detail. Other times she employs a kind of poetic shorthand that condenses long periods of time, years even, into a few sentences.” New York Journal of Books

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English