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Upstate | [Kalisha Buckhanon]

Upstate

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Upstate is an absolutely stunning, powerful coming of age novel filled with tragedy, struggle, love, and triumph; it is 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.

©2005 Kalisha Buckhanon; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • 2006 Alex Award Winner
  • 2005 Audie Award Winner, Literary Fiction

" "A moving, uplifting story of love and hope in the face of adversity." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer 02-21-05 Listener Since 2002

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    "Great Book. Different Delivery, and Enjoyable"

    Great Book. Unusual style delivery, but enjoyable once it gets going. I realy enjoyed this book, and the letter method used for delivery. As the dates of each letter are given, it adds perspective to the setting/atmosphere.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    02-13-05
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    "strange but good"

    I started this book and was upset I got it. The format is strange at first, but it grows on you. It is two teenagers writing letters to one another and it follows them through growing up under some tough circumstances. It grows on you, the story grabs you, and after this, you will like it. It is a good book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Carlson 01-02-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Different"

    I enjoyed this book told from letters written back and forth over many years. The characters are full bodied and interesting. A different read and a story you have not read 100 times before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Corona, CA, USA 09-11-08
    Terri Corona, CA, USA 09-11-08
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    "Branching out"

    I titled my review as "branching out" because this is not the type of book I would normally even consider reading or listening to.

    I really enjoyed the experience. The emotions and facts that were communicated with this heart wrenching story were amazing.

    It helps you appreciate what life is like for those raised in Harlem and provided with few breaks in life. The graphic details of prison life were as real to life as I have read in factual accounts previously (non-fiction).

    Narrator did an excellent job....depicting the emotions of the characters was done superbly and made you feel like it was really happening right now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra West Creek, NJ, USA 02-16-05
    Debra West Creek, NJ, USA 02-16-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Upstate"

    I enjoyed this book. At first, it seems simple but as the story and characters develop through the years, an amazingly tender and complex story unravels.

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    Jody E. Parsons Berkeley, CA USA 06-26-10
    Jody E. Parsons Berkeley, CA USA 06-26-10 Member Since 2004
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    "One of the best ever!"

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Loved the story and the narrators. Captivating, tender, and redeeming story. Thank you to the authos and narrators!

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    Alicia Philipsburg, PA, USA 05-23-10
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    "Awesome"

    This book is truly amazing. I could not stop listening. I work as a counselor in a prison and am currently trying to get approval to use this book at work in hopes of showing the inmates that they can change even if everything seems to be stacked against them.

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    Nancy Hilton Head Island, SC, USA 01-04-10
    Nancy Hilton Head Island, SC, USA 01-04-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful story"

    This book is one of my favorites. I listened to it several years ago and have gone back to it several times. I recommend it to everyone. The narrator does a terrific job of making you believe you are hearing the characters read the letters. Don't miss this one.

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    Vreader River Forest, IL, USA 06-24-07
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    "wonderful performance"

    My teenage daughter and I both loved this book.

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    .jt 04-20-06
    .jt 04-20-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Highly Recommended..."

    What can I say that hasn't been said already? The writing format that the author chose made me feel as if I were sneaking a peak into their personal lives. I felt all of the emotions that both characters presented in their letters to one another. Upstate provided a good example of how young love starts and develops into a mature loving relationship. I hated for the book to end, it was very entertaining.

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