A Kind of Freedom Lib/E

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Author) Adenrele Ojo (Read by)
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Product Details

$76.00  $69.92
Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
August 15, 2017
Compact Disc

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About the Author

MARGARET WILKERSON SEXTON, born and raised in New Orleans, studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, won the Crook's Corner Book Prize, and was the recipient of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
Adenrele Ojo is an experienced audiobook narrator and actor. A self-described theater brat, she spent many late nights as a young child falling asleep on theatre chairs as her dad directed and her mother performed. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Philadelphia, she received her bachelor of arts in theater from Hunter College in New York.
Kevin Kenerly, an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator, earned a BA degree at Olivet College. A longtime member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has acted in more than twenty seasons, playing dozens of roles.
Bahni Turpin is an experienced audiobook narrator and actress who has appeared in numerous television productions as well as films. An ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company, she also works as a yoga instructor. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she founded the SoLA Food Co-op.


This luminous and assured first novel shines an unflinching, compassionate light on three generations of a black family in New Orleans, emphasizing endurance more than damage.

-- " New York Times Book Review"

Sexton subtly lays bare the ever-present societal forces at work to undermine black success and family.

-- "Huffington Post"

The story moves through three generations of a black family, each represented by a character whose sections are delivered by three accomplished narrators. Bahni Turpin gives us Evelyn...Evelyn and Renard's daughter marries a man who loses his job and becomes addicted to crack cocaine. Adenrele Ojo delivers these sections, her voice filled with anguish and dashed hope. Meanwhile, Kevin Kenerly's mellow, resonant voice gives us a young man struggling to get off drugs and become a fitting father to his own infant son.

-- "Washington Post (audio review)"

Narrator Bahni Turpin lays the foundation for the audiobook as Evelyn...Setting a high bar, Turpin gives life to Evelyn's sister, parents, and beau...Adenrele Ojo captures the plight of Evelyn's daughter, Jackie...Kevin Kenerly embodies T. C., Jackie's son, in post-Katrina New Orleans...Sexton and her narrators keep this family saga moving from hope to heartache and back again.

-- "AudioFile"

Powerful...Despite the struggles, A Kind of Freedom glimmers with hope.

-- "BBC.com"

An urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.

-- "Chicago Review of Books"

A novel about three generations of a New Orleans family, cut back and forth so that each generation can whisper in the other's ears, beautifully intimate and heartbreaking, and also a portrait of America.

-- "Millions"

Being able to capture seventy years of New Orleans history and the emotional changes in one family in such a short book is a testament to Sexton's powers of descriptive restraint.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

This family is worth every minute of a reader's time.

-- "Booklist"

Shows us that hard work does not guarantee success and that progress doesn't always move in a straight line...Well-crafted-and altogether timely.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

An elegant, captivating, and generous debut novel...about how our choices are indelibly influenced by our familial histories, whether we're aware or not, and how the present connects to the past...Demonstrates the complex web of fate...multifaceted and beautiful.

-- "Victoria Patterson, author of This Vacant Paradise"

A fresh and unflinching portrait of African American life...Vividly imagined and boldly told, A Kind of Freedom is a book for our time. A fierce and courageous debut.

-- "Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar"

A brilliant mosaic of an African American family and a love song to New Orleans. Her characters are all of us, America's family, written with deep insight and devastating honesty but also with grace and beauty. Wilkerson's stunning debut illuminates the journey of sisters and the generations they bear.

-- "Dana Johnson, author of In the Not Quite Dark"

A compassionately told story of four generations in one American family who endure the unpredictable challenges of our rapidly changing society. Bound together through blood ties and love, Sexton's keenly drawn characters sweep you into a mesmerizing cascade of loss and triumph.

-- "Carol Cassella, author of Oxygen, Healer"

Interweaves generations of parent-child relations to reveal, with sharp insight, how promise and possibility...[are] shaped by the limits to freedom.

-- "Lauret Savoy, author of Trace"