Pushkin and the Queen of Spades

By Alice Randall
Read by Lisa Reneé Pitts

12.57 Hours 05/01/2004 unabridged
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Windsor Armstrong is a polished, Harvard educated, African American professor of Russian literature. Her son, Pushkin X, is an exceedingly famous pro-football player, an achievement that impresses his mother not at all. Even more distressing, however, is that her beloved son has just become engaged to a gorgeous white Russian émigré who also happens to be a lap dancer. For Windsor, this is no laughing matter. Determined to get to the source of it, she embarks on a journey into her own rich past. As she moves ever closer to the secret that has cast a shadow over her life, she discovers that the half-lies she has fed her son don’t add up to the beauty of the truth.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Windsor Armstrong is a polished, Harvard educated, African American professor of Russian literature. Her son, Pushkin X, is an exceedingly famous pro-football player, an achievement that impresses his mother not at all. Even more distressing, however, is that her beloved son has just become engaged to a gorgeous white Russian émigré who also happens to be a lap dancer.

For Windsor, this is no laughing matter. Determined to get to the source of it, she embarks on a journey into her own rich past. As she moves ever closer to the secret that has cast a shadow over her life, she discovers that the half-lies she has fed her son don’t add up to the beauty of the truth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ruthless wit and riveting style.” O, the Oprah Magazine
“Provocative…utterly different, impressively original…An in-your-face exploration of what it means to be black in America.” Elle
“A stunningly gutsy, literate, and original novel.” Los Angeles Times
“Spicy soul food-for-thought.” Seattle Times
“Provocative…with this heady tale, Randall proves decisively that she is more than a parodist.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“It’s hard to imagine a better match of novel and narration than this sparkling, dynamic audio exploration of race, motherhood, literature, and identity. Pitts throws herself into this performance, and her energy, wit, and sass seem wholly in sync with a novel of astounding sophistication, insight, and surprise.” AudioFile
“Highly inventive…[a] profoundly moving look at the complexities of race and family in the context of one woman’s search for reconciliation and redemption.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Alice Randall

Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone. She was awarded the Free Spirit Award in 2001 and the Literature Award of Excellence by the Memphis Black Writers Conference in 2002, and she was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in 2002. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English