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Sunset Springs

By: Kacen Callender
Narrated by: Qamar Yochanan
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Publisher's summary

No job, no money, no love - and to make things worse, 27-year-old Charlie has no choice but to leave New York City and move in with his mom in his isolated and conservative hometown of Sunset Springs.

Home isn’t a comfortable place for Charlie. One of very few Black residents and the only trans person around town that he knows of, this will be Charlie’s first time back in Sunset Springs since he transitioned. He expects confusion and maybe even hostility. He definitely does not expect Jackson Ford.

Jack was the brooding yet beloved football star at their high school, but now, he’s an outsider after coming out as gay. When Charlie and Jackson fall for each other in a swift and surprising romance, Charlie has to decide if he’s willing to exchange his old dreams for a new one.

Sunset Springs is an audio novella about finding courage to allow unexpected change, even at the risk of a broken heart. 

©2021 Kacen Callender (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Kacen Callender is a best-selling and award-winning author of multiple novels for children, teens, and adults, including the National Book Award-winning King and the Dragonflies and the best-selling novel Felix Ever After. Callender enjoys playing RPG video games, practicing their art, and focusing on healing and growth in their free time. They currently reside in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, where they were born and raised.
Photo credit: Ashley Cain

About the Director

Shaan Dasani is an LA-based actor, producer, writer, and director. He was recently featured as a trailblazer in the New York Times piece "The Trans Actors Challenging Outmoded Ideas of Masculinity," for his work in the award-winning digital series These Thems and groundbreaking comedy series Razor Tongue, created by Emmy-nominated actress and producer Rain Valdez. As a voice actor, Dasani can be heard as the character Jack in James Sie's coming-of-age YA novel, All Kinds of Other. In 2019, Dasani was selected to participate in the prestigious ABC Discovers South Asian actor workshop. Recognized as a champion of social change, in 2018 the Bonobos brand picked Dasani as a representative for its #EvolveTheDefinition campaign, which sought to jump-start a conversation about broadening ideas of masculinity.
Before launching into the acting world, Dasani received his MFA from Chapman University. He has written, produced and directed over 30 short films, commercials, and music videos, and is a proud member of the Directors Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA.

About the Performer

Commarrah J. Yochanan (they/them) is a Black, trans, nonbinary, Jewish actrix, artist, and improviser with over 20 years of experience. They are an alum of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where they received a BFA in Drama in 2011. In 2019, they debuted an improv score "Ance$tor Money" as part of Stonewall @ 50, curated by Andrea Jenkins. They also originated the role of Kleo in a new sci-fi nonbinary musical, Queen Bee. In September 2020, they emceed the 7th Annual Minneapolis Transgender Equity Summit. Commarrah was one of four artists selected for 20% Theatre Company's Q-Stage: New Work Series 2020-2021. They were recently announced as part of the core ensemble of Lightning Rod, a majority BIPOC queer-trans-led theater organism. Commarrah is a former member of the Transgender Equity Council and Minneapolis Arts Commission, and a Marsha P. Johnson Institute Black trans Organizer, Class of 2020. They raised over $30K with a fundraiser for local Black trans and Native trans/Two Spirit artists.

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