Nowhere is a Place

  • by Bernice McFadden
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, 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 stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. 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 far more important than scenic sites here and there - it is the assorted pieces of their family's past. Pulled together, they reveal a history of amazing survival and abundant joy.
Bernice L. McFadden is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels including the classic Sugar, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors' Choice), and Glorious, which was featured in O: The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of two fiction honor awards from the BCALA. McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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A Mother and Daughter Tear. It. Up.

Bernice L. McFadden is a powerhouse of contemporary African American literature. She weaves together the personal and historical in a way that makes her stories matter deeply to the listener.

McFadden writes confident, lyrical fiction exploring family dynamics, and the past. History and family history--one and the same; slavery, escape, Native Americans, Africans and European slave owners-- their fates bound and futures woven together by DNA.

On a road trip from Las Vegas to Georgia, the tensions and skeletons in the closet of a mother and daughter bubble. Sherry presses her mother, Dumpling, for family stories. What unfolds is a family history rife with tragedy and courage. Sherry comes to understand the dynamics of her family, and finds the inspiration to reveal her own deep secrets.

Robin Miles gives a stunning narration, bringing sympathy to both mother and daughter in.
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- Susie "I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South.""

Richly textured and captivating

If you could sum up Nowhere is a Place in three words, what would they be?

Moving, lyrical, and heartbreaking


What other book might you compare Nowhere is a Place to and why?

None


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

Her compelling portrayals of a variety of African American characters across historical and geographical contexts. She outdid herself.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many moments moved me. I'd rather not spoil them for a prospective listener.


Any additional comments?

Bernice McFadden's writing is brilliant and sensual. She makes it easy to imagine the scenarios she creates.

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- BJ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios