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Upstate

A Novel

Kalisha Buckhanon: Read by Chadwick Boseman and Heather Simms

Macmillan Audio

UPSTATE is an absolutely stunning, powerful coming of age novel filled with tragedy, struggle, love and triumph—a modern The Color Purple
Set in New York in the 80s and 90s, UPSTATE tells the story of two young lovers, Antonio and Natasha, torn apart by tragedy and struggling to survive against all odds. When a horrific tragedy sends Antonio to jail, their worlds turn upside down.
Antonio struggles to stay alive on the inside; Natasha battles society on the outside. Over the course of 10 years, they share an intimate correspondence as their lives change dramatically and they often have only each other to turn to. Will fate bring them back together, or will they remain forever apart? Ripe with unforgettable characters and two haunting voices, UPSTATE is an audio program not to be missed.

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PART ONEJanuary 25, 1990 Dear Natasha, 
Baby, the first thing I need to know from you is do you believe I killed my father? I need to know if you believe what everybody saying about me because I need to know if you got my back. Right now I don't know who in my corner and who ain't. I looked in the mirror this morning and I didn't see nothing. That's how I feel, like I'm nothing. Like nobody see me or hear me or care about me or care what I got to say. Ma told me that some of my cuzos say they gonna kill me when I get out, say they gonna put a shank in my throat just like everybody
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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Kalisha Buckhanon's novel Upstate, an absolutely stunning, powerful coming of age novel filled with tragedy, struggle, love and triumph—a modern The Color Purple. Set in New York in the 80's and 90's, Upstate tells the story of two young lovers, Antonio and Natasha, torn apart by tragedy and struggling to survive against all odds. When a horrific tragedy sends Antonio to jail, their worlds turn upside down.

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“Wild and beautiful...The story is told using the epistolary form with a brilliant skill not seen since The Color Purple.”—Sapphire, national bestselling author of Push

“Heartbreaking and true...I’d read it again just for the power of the language.”—Dorothy Allison, National Book Award finalist and national bestelling author of Bastard Out of Carolina and Cavedweller

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  • Kalisha Buckhanon: Read by Chadwick Boseman and Heather Simms

  • KALISHA BUCKHANON was born in Kankakee, Illinois in 1977. She has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the NAACP, Andrew Mellon Fund, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Young Authors Commission, Mary Roberts Rhinehart Fund and the Chicago Black Writer’s Conference. Her work has appeared in such publications as Michigan Quarterly Review and Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New School University and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She has taught literacy and writing to children on Chicago’s South Side, in Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Upstate is her first novel.
  • Kalisha Buckhanon
  • Chadwick Boseman
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Upstate

A Novel

Kalisha Buckhanon: Read by Chadwick Boseman and Heather Simms

ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults), Audie Award Winner
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