Speaking of Summer

Speaking of Summer

The new novel from the author of Upstate, one of five books selected by the National Book Foundation for the inaugural Literature for Justice Program: a literary thriller about one woman's desperate search for her missing twin sister, a multi-layered mystery set against the neighborhoods of Harlem.On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer's twin sister Summer walks to the...

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Title:Speaking of Summer
Author:Kalisha Buckhanon
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Speaking of Summer Reviews

  • Liz
    One hundred pages into this book I was ready to give up. I had decided the main character, Autumn, was a messed up fruitcake that I had had enough of. But I plowed along and I am glad I did. Slowly Autumn and the cast of characters grew on me and I began to get a hint of the plot twist to come. The...
  • Erin Glover
    Autumn’s twin sister Summer has gone missing from the roof of their Harlem brownstone, and no one cares. The papers don’t mention her since she’s not rich and White. Even Autumn believes the culprit is a Black man. He was convenient, the distraction from so much more to be scared of i...
  • karen
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!i’m not sure i would categorize this as a “literary thriller” or even “fast-paced” as the synopsis claims—to read this one quickly does a disservice to its subject matter, which is more important and necessary than most books classified as “thriller...
  • Janel
    Speaking of Summer opens with a prologue that draws you in instantly; there’s just something about its first person narrative that pulls you in, makes it feel as though said character wants to tell you, the reader, their story. I wouldn’t class this novel as “fast-paced” as the b...
  • Anna
    If you're looking for a mystery, it's best you look elsewhere for the only thing truly mysterious about this novel is the reliability -- or lack thereof -- of the narrator, and it is a far cry from that which it is described. Leisurely paced, with an almost dreamlike quality, the overall effect is d...
  • Amiee
    I didn’t hate this book but the blurb made me feel like I wasn’t reading the same book!This is NOT a thriller. I had sorta guessed the twist relatively early.The bulk of the book is finding oneself and dealing with trauma.Well written but the blurb was incredibly misleading....
  • MA
    Idk this story was a mess and nothing tied together, but at least the cover is pretty?...
  • Michelle
    This is another book where the star rating is going to be very hard. What drew me to this book was the earnest anticipation of Russell from Ink and Paper blog and the many accolades my GR friends have given Buckhanon's earlier novels Upstate and Conception. From my understanding Buckhanon hits hard ...

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