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 roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again—the door to the roof is locked, and no footsteps are found. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing woman, Autumn must pursue answers on her own, all while grieving her mother's recent death.With her friends and neighbors, Autumn pretends to hold up through the crisis. She falls into an affair with Summer's boyfriend to cope with the disappearance of a woman they both loved. But the loss becomes too great, the mystery too inexplicable, and Autumn starts to unravel, all the while becoming obsessed with murdered women and the men who kill them.In Speaking of Summer, critically acclaimed author Kalisha Buckhanon has created a postmodern, fast-paced story of urban peril and victim invisibility, and the fight to discover truth at any cost.

Speaking of Summer Details

TitleSpeaking of Summer
Author
ReleaseJul 30th, 2019
PublisherCounterpoint
Rating
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Mystery

Speaking of Summer Review

  • MA
    January 1, 1970
    I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.The blip is better than the book."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."Speaking of Summer is not a book about Summer Spencer, but her sister, Autumn, who for half of the book is I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.The blip is better than the book."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."Speaking of Summer is not a book about Summer Spencer, but her sister, Autumn, who for half of the book is desperately searching for her twin, (view spoiler)[who we come to realize is only a figment of her imagination (hide spoiler)]. Things only get odder as we progress. We move on from Summer's boyfriend Chase, who is now sleeping with Autumn (please see spoiler), to some random Italian hookup who appears to have a daughter still living in Italy.Idk this story was a mess and nothing tied together, but at least the cover is pretty?
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    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. There's a lot here ... the complexity of family dynamics, the ways the mind protects itself, the diversity, indifference and dangers of urban life ... but there's also attachment, strength and hope for t 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. There's a lot here ... the complexity of family dynamics, the ways the mind protects itself, the diversity, indifference and dangers of urban life ... but there's also attachment, strength and hope for the future. I grew to really like this story.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
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  • Kathy Ross
    January 1, 1970
    I obtained a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. The mystery revolves around Autumn's search for her missing sister which consumes much of her choices. And, is closely tied to her identity. She copes with her overwhelming grief, losses and poverty in Harlem. She confronts the racism which makes her sister invisible to authority. Some surprising twist in the plot which will keep you guessing.
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