• What's Mine and Yours

  • By: Naima Coster
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (610 ratings)

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What's Mine and Yours

By: Naima Coster
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
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Publisher's summary

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

An instant New York Times best seller!

A USA Today best seller!

Named a Best Book of 2021 by Amazon • Esquire • Marie Claire • Refinery29 • Kirkus • Redbook • Ms. Magazine • The Millions • Undomesticated Magazine • Paperback Paris

"A once-every-few-years reading experience." (Mary Beth Keane, New York Times best-selling author of Ask Again, Yes)

"Coster portrays her characters’ worlds with startling vitality. As the children fall in lust and love, grapple with angst and battle the tides of New South politics, Coster’s writing shines." (New York Times Book Review)

From the author of Halsey Street, a sweeping novel of legacy, identity, the American family - and the ways that race affects even our most intimate relationships.

A community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly White high schools on the west. For two students, Gee and Noelle, the integration sets off a chain of events that will tie their two families together in unexpected ways over the next 20 years.

On one side of the integration debate is Jade, Gee's steely, ambitious mother. In the aftermath of a harrowing loss, she is determined to give her son the tools he'll need to survive in America as a sensitive, anxious young Black man. On the other side is Noelle's headstrong mother, Lacey May, a White woman who refuses to see her half-Latina daughters as anything but White. She strives to protect them as she couldn't protect herself from the influence of their charming but unreliable father, Robbie.

When Gee and Noelle join the school play meant to bridge the divide between new and old students, their paths collide, and their two seemingly disconnected families begin to form deeply knotted, messy ties that will shape the trajectory of their adult lives. And their mothers - each determined to see her child inherit a better life - will make choices that will haunt them for decades to come.

As love is built and lost, and the past never too far behind, What's Mine and Yours is an expansive, vibrant tapestry that moves between the years, from the foothills of North Carolina, to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Paris. It explores the unique organism that is every family: what breaks them apart and how they come back together.

©2021 Naima Coster (P)2021 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

“At its heart, What’s Mine and Yours is a coming-of-age story - one that examines the unraveling of marriages, complexities of siblinghood, and reckonings with parents…. Coster portrays her characters’ worlds with startling vitality. As the children fall in lust and love, grapple with angst and battle the tides of New South politics, Coster’s writing shines." (New York Times Book Review)

“Coster’s remarkable characters, each one of them authentically flawed and gorgeously realized, propel this wise and loving story ever forward, making for a graceful meditation on family, inequality, and the ties that bind.” (Esquire)

"Coster…depict[s the characters] complex situations and moral ambiguities with depth and compassion. Weaving numerous plot threads - miscarriages, abortions, divorces, brain tumors, benders - into an intricate tapestry, Coster shows, as one of her indelible minor characters declares, that 'It's only our life if we say so. Otherwise it belongs to them'." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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Editorial Review

A tale of identity told through the eyes of modern American families, What’s Mine and Yours is proof if proof were needed that no issue is as simple as it seems on the surface. Life is complex, but What’s Mine and Yours makes it beautifully so.
An instant New York Times bestseller, What’s Mine and Yours is an audiobook with something to say. From the critically-acclaimed author of Halsey Street, What’s Mine and Yours sees Dominican-American author Naima Coster take aim at universal themes of legacy and identity through the unique lens of the American family in the modern age. That modern age is forever punctuated by memories of the past, and every step taken by community students in the Piedmont of North Carolina is under scrutiny. This is about more than high school; this is about points of view on the most complex subjects.
Gee and Noelle are at the heart of the story, high school students at the center of a school integration debate that threatens to define the next generations of the town. A new initiative has decreed that students from the largely black east side of town must move into predominantly white high schools in the largely white west of town, and the mothers of Noelle and Gee are on opposite sides of the debate. On the one hand, there is Jade; Gee’s ambitious mother, determined to make sure her son’s experiences don’t mirror the struggles of her own. Opposing her is Lacey May; Noelle’s defiant mother who sees her half-Latina daughters as objectively white. What’s Mine and Yours is a story of intertwining paths, stories that weave in and out of each other through North Carolina, Paris, Los Angeles, and more.
Above all else, it is a quite stunning listen. Voiced by award-winning narrator Bahni Turpin, What’s Mine and Yours tackles the subject of race and relationships with confidence and charm through a compelling storyline and a cast of characters that practically jump out of the speakers. Naima Coster is a name to listen out for and then some. —Audible Latino Editor.