No One Is Coming to Save Us

  • by Stephanie Powell Watts
  • Narrated by Janina Edwards
  • 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American dream.
JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town's once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava's husband, Henry, grow distant and frustrated. Ava's mother, Sylvia, has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's undeserving but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around.
JJ's newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from life than what they already have - and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

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Somewhat disappointed

I read some reviews before I wrote mine; I agree with many reviewers in that a comparison to The Great Gatsby does a disservice to the reader, in terms of expectations, and to characters, in terms of their own development. I think there was too much going on overall and maybe if the relationships of Ava, Henry, and JJ were more of a focus, more developed, it could have been a more enjoyable novel with Sylvia as an excellent narrator--similar to Nick, Jay, Daisy, and Tom. The author did do a good job with dialogue, but it was still difficult to follow with so many characters and transitions between past and present. There is a lesson in learning to love and live in the present, as well as learning to want something else when you can't get what you want. I want to give it two stars but I guess I'll give it three. It wasn't phenomenal nor terrible.
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- Ayanna Anderson

Wonderful Book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend the book. The characters and their stories touched my heart on so many levels.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Sylvia, a wise and wonderful woman who loved her children, endured trials and singular humiliations throughout her life, and yet went on, doing her best, encouraging the people around her.


What does Janina Edwards bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms Edwards' voice is pleasant and nice to listen to.


If you could rename No One Is Coming to Save Us, what would you call it?

I wouldn't change a thing.


Any additional comments?

The account of Sylvia's suffering as a young woman, dangerously overweight, pregnant, and "treated" by a nasty, critical doctor truly broke my heart. I wanted to go right into those pages, put my arms around her, and say, "Don't you cry, now, honey. You're somebody. You're good, and you're beautiful just the way you are." Then I would have tracked down that doctor and told him off. There's plenty of meanness in this world already, and we don't need more.

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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio