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Written by:
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Narrated by:
Channie Waites

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2021
12 hours 15 minutes
The critically acclaimed and Whiting Award–winning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with Libertie, an unforgettable story about one young Black girl’s attempt to find a place where she can be fully, and only, herself.
Coming of age as a freeborn Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie is to go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else—is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come.
Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new and immersive novel will resonate with readers eager to understand our present through a deep, moving, and lyrical dive into our complicated past.
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I loved the story! As a mother of 4 daughters there were many things within this story that resonated with me. A definite must read.

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Katherine S.

I enjoyed listening to this story. It was very gentle and I loved the descriptiveness of it.

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Philip H.

I enjoyed this historical-based fiction story that provides a different point of view of Black-American lives, of possible opportunities and struggles for free and educated Blacks. The narrator speaks with different accents and chooses to use an "all-American" type speaking style for the main character, Libertie. which gives the reader a more contemporary perspective of her story. I found it not realistic, but refreshingly different.

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