Speaking of Summer

Speaking of Summer

The new novel from the author of Upstate, one of five books selected by the National Book Foundation for the inaugural Literature for Justice Program: a literary thriller about one woman's desperate search for her missing twin sister, a multi-layered mystery set against the neighborhoods of Harlem. On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer's twin sister Summer walks to the The new novel from the author of Upstate, one of five books selected by the National Book Foundation for the inaugura...

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Title:Speaking of Summer
Author:Kalisha Buckhanon
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B07GS67DZC
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Speaking of Summer Reviews

  • karen
    Jul 23, 2019
    NOW AVAILABLE!!! i?m not sure i would categorize this as a ?literary thriller? or even ?fast-paced? as the synopsis claims?to read this one quickly does a disservice to its subject matter, which is more important and necessary than most books classified as ?thrillers?...
  • Amiee
    Aug 04, 2019
    I didn?t hate this book but the blurb made me feel like I wasn?t reading the same book! This is NOT a thriller. I had sorta guessed the twist relatively early. The bulk of the book is finding oneself and dealing with trauma. Well written but the blurb was incredibly mislea...
  • Amy
    Dec 05, 2019
    I will admit that I was attracted to this book because of its vibrant and creative cover, but I was also intrigued by the description of the mystery within its pages. Autumn's twin sister, Summer, walks to the rooftop of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen from again. ...
  • Mary
    Jul 29, 2019
    I like that this book is described as a "literary thriller". I'm not a fan of the standard "thrillers", but a "literary thriller" sounded so appealing! I am glad I took the time to read this novel. Autumn has lost her twin, and her determined searching for answers leads her to withdra...
  • Rebecca H.
    Jul 07, 2019
    Autumn has lost her sister, Summer. Summer left one set of footprints in the snow on their roof and hasn?t been seen since. So Autumn searches for her in their Harlem neighborhood and anywhere she can think of her sister might have disappeared to. She has very little luck. The police...
  • Dragana
    Sep 28, 2019
    The pacing is a bit uneven - the ending seems rushed and somewhat tidy in contrast to the chaos and heaviness of the first 3/4 of the book. The exploration of ideas of race, women and their bodies in today?s society is really powerful. ...
  • Anna
    Jul 27, 2019
    If you're looking for a mystery, it's best you look elsewhere for the only thing truly mysterious about this novel is the reliability -- or lack thereof -- of the narrator, and it is a far cry from that which it is described. Leisurely paced, with an almost dreamlike quality, the overa...
  • Lisa Currier
    Aug 22, 2019
    DNF, tried so hard. Sooo boring & disjointed ...
  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
    May 04, 2019
    3.5 stars, but rounding up for its delicate treatment of a heartbreaking and difficult subject. Recommend to those who like domestic thrillers but are tired of them a bit and looking for something softer and serious. ...
  • Erin
    Aug 16, 2019
    Soeaking of Summer was a difficult and dark read for me, and I'm glad that I stuck with it. I'm grateful that my life is foreign to what the book portrays. ...
  • Ellen
    Aug 13, 2019
    Character driven, slow pace, unreliable narrator, tragedy, processing grief Read over 160 pages and couldn't get into it. I really wanted to like this, especially with all the pre-pub acclaim, but I just couldn't. The blurb is really nothing like the story. ...
  • Marianne
    Oct 02, 2019
    3.75 stars rounded up. RTC. ...
  • MA
    Mar 15, 2019
    Idk this story was a mess and nothing tied together, but at least the cover is pretty? ...
  • Sharae RaetheReader
    Sep 07, 2019
    1. What a beautiful cover. 2. What an emotional ride. I don't really read synopsis for fear that they give too much away, so I assumed this book was basically a missing persons story. IT WAS NOT. It touched on many topics in regards to being a black woman and bearing so much pain, and ...
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    Sep 17, 2019
    This is an incredibly difficult book to review in a spoiler-free way, but needless to say this isn?t a literary thriller as it is blurbed to be. There are a lot of complex issues that this narrative grapples with, but I found the plot so up and down I struggled to maintain momentum. ...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Aug 06, 2019
    The copy for this book is a bit misleading?it is not really meant for readers looking for a fast-paced thriller about a missing woman and the failure of the justice system. Instead, Buckhanon has crafted a drama of a perspective on being a woman, specifically a black woman, in Americ...
  • Erin Glover
    Aug 13, 2019
    Autumn?s twin sister Summer has gone missing from the roof of their Harlem brownstone, and no one cares. The papers don?t mention her since she?s not rich and White. Even Autumn believes the culprit is a Black man. He was convenient, the distraction from so much more to be scared...
  • Sarah
    Sep 29, 2019
    This book was a solid medium for me. Things I appreciated: honest discussion of Black women?s mental health, the subtle and blatant ways in which Black women are ignored and belittled when seeking help from law enforcement, and the engaging first person narrative. Things I didn?t l...
  • Heather
    Aug 20, 2019
    So boring, slow and discombobulated. ...
  • Nia Forrester
    Sep 02, 2019
    This author, who brought us Upstate one of my all-time favorite novels, keeps switching things up. Her voice changes from book to book, but what remains the same is that she brings us fiction rooted in some of the most troubling social issues of our time. In 'Speaking of Summer' sh...
  • Melyssa
    Sep 07, 2019
    Read all of my reviews at bit.ly/PageBedtime I can't remember where I first heard about Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon, but as soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to add it to my to-be-read list. I enjoy a good mystery, and I was excited that this one featured African...
  • Halley Sutton
    Jan 14, 2020
    Beautiful, vibrant language. ...
  • Lisa Mcbroom
    Aug 22, 2019
    The Only Good thing about this book is the Cover. The Cover is Beautiful. Fast Paced HA!!!!! Reading this book is like dropping molasses through a sieve. Buckhanon could have said in a couple of pages what she took forever to say. ...
  • Michelle
    Aug 11, 2019
    This is another book where the star rating is going to be very hard. What drew me to this book was the earnest anticipation of Russell from Ink and Paper blog and the many accolades my GR friends have given Buckhanon's earlier novels Upstate and Conception. From my understanding Bu...
  • Liz
    Mar 27, 2019
    One hundred pages into this book I was ready to give up. I had decided the main character, Autumn, was a messed up fruitcake that I had had enough of. But I plowed along and I am glad I did. Slowly Autumn and the cast of characters grew on me and I began to get a hint of the plot twist...
  • Janel
    Jul 10, 2019
    Speaking of Summer opens with a prologue that draws you in instantly; there?s just something about its first person narrative that pulls you in, makes it feel as though said character wants to tell you, the reader, their story. I wouldn?t class this novel as ?fast-paced? as...
  • Paperback Paris
    Jul 03, 2019
    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Staff Writer, Rachel Gonzalez. Read more. Kalisha Buckhanon's Speaking of Summer is a thriller through and through ? but probably not in the way most readers would expect. This is the story of Autumn Spencer, a woman searching fo...
  • Karla Holloway
    Aug 05, 2019
    As much grace as ... As much grace in this novel as there is anguish. This is a necessary story, mindful of its craft and respectfully aware of its artistry. ...
  • Emily
    Aug 10, 2019
    Not the story I was expecting! The first 100 pages or so are kind of hard to get through, but the twist and ending are satisfying. Speaking of Summer has a lot more social commentary than a traditional thriller. I enjoyed it! ...
  • Phi Beta Kappa Authors
    May 04, 2019
    Kalisha Buckhanon ?BK, University of Chicago, 1999 Author From the publisher:On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer's twin sister Summer walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again?the door to the roof is locked, and no footsteps are found. F...