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Leaving Atlanta | [Tayari Jones]

Leaving Atlanta

Award-winning novelist Tayari Jones delivers a story based on the 1979-1980 Atlanta child murders. Told from the perspective of three fifth-grade classmates, Leaving Atlanta is a vividly disturbing, but hopeful novel.
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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning novelist Tayari Jones delivers a story based on the 1979-1980 Atlanta child murders. Told from the perspective of three fifth-grade classmates, Leaving Atlanta is a vividly disturbing, but hopeful novel.

Tasha, Rodney, and Octavia each share the same wish: to be accepted. But reality soon crashes into their world, bringing with it fear and confusion. Children in their class are being kidnapped. Suddenly, popularity and recognition don't seem so important. Making it home safely through the menacing streets of Atlanta is an everyday challenge. Even their parents are unnerved by this violent outbreak. Who will protect these children now?

The convincing characters, voiced by a full cast of narrators, make this a haunting and effective work. Leaving Atlanta confronts complicated and sensitive subjects with just the right amount of sorrow and promise.

©2002 Tayari Jones; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This strongly grounded tale hums with the rhythms of schoolyard life and proves Jones to be a powerful storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)
"She conveys powerfully the loneliness of a child...gives us a picture of children unsure they would even see tomorrow." (Booklist)

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    Carrie Salem, OR, United States 12-29-11
    Carrie Salem, OR, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Might be my new favorite author"
    Where does Leaving Atlanta rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wow. Tayari Jones is perhaps one of the best modern writers. She brilliantly captures the way a child views the world around her. I was blown away.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Atlanta?

    Octavia's part--


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

    Audio is my preferred method of


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    amckiereads 06-22-11
    amckiereads 06-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic book and audio production."

    I loved this book, and especially loved it on audio. The book is told in three parts with each part having a different narrator. I loved the way that this was done. The first part was told by Tasha, the second by Rodney, and the third by Octavia. I loved Tasha’s section the best and Rodney’s the least, but even he grew on me until I couldn’t help but really feel for him and care about him and his story. The three lives are intertwined in more ways than they realize at first, and this becomes more clear as the story progresses.

    Through the work we learn more about the awful spate of child murders that plagued the black Atlanta community from 1979-1981. Through the murders of the black children Jones is able to explore the racism and injustice that was faced still in the southern states in the 1970′s. Very glad I listened to this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rich in BCS College Station, TX 04-03-13
    Rich in BCS College Station, TX 04-03-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Why does Audible make you answer these questions?"
    Any additional comments?

    The best reviews that I read do not answer silly questions like, "If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?" Why does Audible do that?

    OK, enough griping.

    Leaving Atlanta is a wonderful collection of stories set in a tragic situation. The main characters are all fifth graders and the author deftly draws out the character of each one. They are as rich as a fifth grader can be and marvelously real -- worrying about the superficial things that are so important to a 10 year old, while also worrying that tomorrow that may be killed by a faceless murderer. The author's attention to details make the story all the more real.

    I strongly recommend this great piece of fiction surrounded by historical truths.

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