Do you love reading Historical fiction? Are you clueless about the next book to read? Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow Audiobook is just the right book for you! This book is a stunning work of art by author Tara M. Stringfellow. The writing is beautiful and the characters are so vibrant. Memphis Audiobook follows three generations of women of the North family: Hazel and her daughters, August and Miriam, and Miriam’s daughters, Joan and Mya. The North women face issues of trauma, abuse, and grief while living through major cultural events. At the heart of it all is the love between sisters, art, music, hair, faith, the city of Memphis, and butter pecan ice cream. A 2022 must-read novel that you shouldn’t miss for anything.
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Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow Audiobook Free Download Details
- Book Title: Memphis Audiobook
- Author: Tara M. Stringfellow
- Narrator: Adenrele Ojo, Karen Murray, Tara M Stringfellow
- Published: April 5, 2022
- Goodreads Link: Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow Audiobook
- ISBN: 9780593230480
- Formats: Mp3
- Listening Length: 10 hour
- Size: 234 MB
- Genre: Literary fiction
- Language: English
- File Status: Not Available
- Price: $0
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow Book Summary
A spellbinding debut novel tracing three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter’s discovery that she has the power to change her family’s legacy.
In the summer of 1995, ten-year-old Joan, her mother, and her younger sister flee her father’s violence, seeking refuge at her mother’s ancestral home in Memphis. Half a century ago, Joan’s grandfather built this majestic house in the historic Black neighborhood of Douglass–only to be lynched days after becoming the first Black detective in Memphis. This wasn’t the first time violence altered the course of Joan’s family’s trajectory, and she knows it won’t be the last. Longing to become an artist, Joan pours her rage and grief into sketching portraits of the women of North Memphis–including their enigmatic neighbor Miss Dawn, who seems to know something about curses.
Unfolding over seventy years through a chorus of voices, Memphis weaves back and forth in time to show how the past and future are forever intertwined. It is only when Joan comes to see herself as a continuation of a long matrilineal tradition–and the women in her family as her guides to healing–that she understands that her life does not have to be defined by vengeance. That the sole weapon she needs is her paintbrush.
Inspired by the author’s own family history, Memphis–the Black fairy tale she always wanted to read–explores the complexity of what we pass down, not only in our families, but in our country: police brutality and justice, powerlessness and freedom, fate and forgiveness, doubt and faith, sacrifice and love.
“Written with the grace of a poet, Memphis is as hopeful as it is heartbreaking. I fell in love with this family, from Joan’s fierce heart to her grandmother Hazel’s determined resilience. Tara Stringfellow will be an author to watch for years to come. . . . A stellar debut.”—Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling author of Red at the Bone
“Memphis is an evocative, compelling tale that mines the depths of collective Black pain to arrive at something that might be, for once, Black healing. Writing in the ancestral tradition of stories passed from one generation to the next—relived, revised, revealed—Tara M. Stringfellow assembles an endearing and unforgettable cast of characters who find strength in vulnerability, safety in art, and liberation in telling the truth. This is a shining, splendid testimony in the vein of Gloria Naylor, Delores Phillips, Ayana Mathis, and Honorée Jeffers.”—Robert Jones, Jr., New York Times bestselling author of The Prophets
“In luminous, lyrical prose, Tara Stringfellow sings the song of the North women—and the North men—with wisdom, humor, and deep humanity. Memphis is an American epic, a tribute to life in all of its sorrow and joyful resilience.”—Chloe Benjamin, bestselling author of The Immortalists
“This vivid debut novel examines the tragedies, joys, and deep connections of one extraordinary Memphis family. . . . A story populated with unforgettable characters. Stringfellow’s prose is evocative. . . . A powerful family saga from a promising writer.”—Booklist
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow Book Review
Review From Goodreads
There is a mesmerizing quiet beauty in this story, while also sharing darkness that permeates the lives of these characters. The story of a Black family from Memphis whose story is shared through some of the most lovely prose I’ve found in a debut, a story so heartfelt, with so much heartbreak, but also love. A history of abuse over generations, secrets, trauma. The beauty of Memphis, the music, the fragrance of the magnolia blooms set against the history of racism. The good, the bad, and the very ugly, including some notable historic moments in time.
This goes back and forth in time, sharing the stories of the generations that came before in small pieces of time. Over time, the story is revealed in much the same way that a puzzle comes together, one piece at a time – until all the pieces are in place and it is revealed as a stunning work of art.
Family secrets withheld for generations are unfurled, the traumas endured shared which allows each generation to understand the one that came before a little better. The things they’ve witnessed, and silently bore through the years, the tears shed in solitude, the dark moments they endured.
An exquisitely shared story of the bonds of family, the women who show up for their children, sharing themselves and their love even when they are feeling exhausted and broken themselves. A story of life, of love, of heartbreak, the traumas imprinted on those who came before. A story of the lives of Black men, women and children, faith, mercy and the sacrifices made in the name of love.
About the Author [Tara M. Stringfellow ]
Poet, former attorney, Northwestern University MFA graduate, and semifinalist for the Fulbright Fellowship, Tara M. Stringfellow has written for Collective Unrest, Minerva Rising, Jet Fuel Review, Women Arts Quarterly Journal, and Apogee Journal, among other publications. After having lived in Okinawa, Ghana, Chicago, Cuba, Spain, Italy, and Washington, DC, she moved back home to Memphis, where she sits on her porch swing every evening with her hound, Huckleberry, listening to records and chatting with neighbors. –This text refers to the paperback edition.