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Publisher's Summary

A new American classic: a dynamic tale of triumph against the odds and the compelling story of one woman's struggle for equality that belongs alongside Jazz by Toni Morrison and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Ivoe Williams, the precocious daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith from central-east Texas, first ignites her lifelong obsession with journalism when she steals a newspaper from her mother's white employer. Living in the poor, segregated quarter of Little Tunis, Ivoe immerses herself in printed matter as an escape from her dour surroundings. She earns a scholarship to the prestigious Willetson College in Austin only to return overqualified to the menial labor offered by her hometown's racially biased employers.
Ivoe eventually flees the Jim Crow South with her family and settles in Kansas City, where she and her former teacher and lover, Ona, found the first female-run African-American newspaper, Jam! On the Vine. In the throes of the Red Summer, the 1919 outbreak of lynchings, and race riots across the Midwest, Ivoe risks her freedom and her life to call attention to the atrocities of segregation in the American prison system.
Skillfully interweaving Ivoe's story with the stories of her family members, LaShonda Katrice Barnett's Jam on the Vine is both an epic vision of the hardships and injustices that defined an era and a moving and compelling story of a complicated history we only thought we knew.
©2015 LaShonda Katrice Barnett. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2015 Audible Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Phylicia Rashad gives such a vivid portrayal of the characters in this audiobook that you feel you are in the same room with them, only you've turned your head and don't happen to be seeing them. It's as if she's known every one of them personally." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By WrkNWmn on 10-04-17

Sumptuous Historical Fiction that reads like a Biography

Today I just finished listening to Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett
It is the story of a young black woman’s coming-of-age in the South and migration to a hopefully better place.
This work has warmth, heartbreak and redemption but mostly it has LOVE,
Love for self, family, a soulmate and community.
The incomparable Phylicia Rashad’s magical narration, had me hanging on every word.
This is why I love audiobooks. Yep, totally give up the credit.

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4 out of 5 stars
By LaShawnda on 03-17-18

Amazing Written and Wonderfully Read

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's hard listening to a story set in the early 1900s knowing that the issues faces by the characters in this book are the exact same issues we still face. Its a very inspiring story of a woman determined to follow her passions and fight for her passions.

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