Ordinary Light

  • by Tracy K. Smith
  • Narrated by Tracy K. Smith
  • 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tracy K. Smith has a fairly typical upbringing in suburban California: the youngest in a family of five children raised with limitless affection and a firm belief in God by a stay-at-home mother and an engineer father. But after spending a summer in Alabama at her grandmother's home, she returns to California with a new sense of what it means for her to be black: from her mother's memories of picking cotton as a girl in her father's field for pennies a bushel to her parents' involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
These dizzying juxtapositions - between her family's past, her own comfortable present, and the promise of her future - will eventually compel her to act on her passions for love and "ecstatic possibility" and her desire to become a writer. But when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, which she says is part of God's plan, Tracy must learn a new way to love and look after someone whose beliefs she has outgrown.
Written with a poet's precision and economy, this gorgeous, probing kaleidoscope of self and family offers us a universal story of belonging and becoming and the ways we find and lose ourselves amid the places we call home.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Simply spoken - poetic

An honest memoir from the youngest child of an American
Family - beautifully read and not easy to stop push on audible. I felt calm as I listened. I wanted to meet this woman and know more.
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- CarolynneRHarris

Understanding youth a must read.

too descriptive of ,non essential events, can bore you with wordiness . A great book on understanding when to let go of children. applaud the author for her transparency of self in order to make her point.
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- Tyrone Clay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books