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The Gone Dead

A Novel
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day - and she hasn't been back to the South since.

Thirty years later, Billie returns, but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: Her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.

Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country.

©2019 Chanelle Benz (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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I HATED the ending.

When a book leaves me thinking about the story and character when I'm done, it's usually because I love the book. In this case, the ending seemed rushed and choppy. It left me with more questions than answers. There was so much potential for the story and the characters but the author seems to have wanted to end the story at s point where the reader finally feels like they may get some answers. Very unfulfilling.

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The Gone Dead Breathes And Exhales The Delta....

Chanelle Benz writes The Gone Dead in a way that takes you by the hand and walks you across the Mississippi Delta. I spent the whole time listening and feeling the hands, hearts, bodies, terrors and blood of black folks living in the place that birthed them and the klan. Benz gives us race at the gritty intersection of the most beautiful and terrifying possibility that is our countries racial history and racial present. A great protagonist and a better contextual landscape... I’ve walked these places and there was no lie ... there was only The Gone Dead!!

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