Under the Tulip Tree

Written by:
Michelle Shocklee
Narrated by:
Sarah Zimmerman

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2020
9 hours 31 minutes
CHRISTY Award - Finalist 2021 (print)!!  SELAH Award - Finalist 2021 (print)!!

Sixteen-year-old Lorena Leland’s dreams of a rich and fulfilling life as a writer are dashed when the stock market crashes in 1929. Seven years into the Great Depression, Rena’s banker father has retreated into the bottle, her sister is married to a lazy charlatan and gambler, and Rena is an unemployed newspaper reporter. Eager for any writing job, Rena accepts a position interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writers’ Project. There, she meets Frankie Washington, a 101-year-old woman whose honest yet tragic past captivates Rena.

As Frankie recounts her life as a slave, Rena is horrified to learn of all the older woman has endured―especially because Rena’s ancestors owned slaves. While Frankie’s story challenges Rena’s preconceptions about slavery, it also connects the two women whose lives are otherwise separated by age, race, and circumstances. But will this bond of respect, admiration, and friendship be broken by a revelation neither woman sees coming?
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Wonderful story, well written and awesome narrator

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A great story.

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Tanya B.

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Such a touching story. Definitely recommend.

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Terence K.

This was the best of the last 10 books I have heard. The story was interesting and moved along at a pace fast enough to be interesting, but not so fast that is was hard to keep up. The narrator was great.

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Based off the synopsis, it seems pretty clear that Rena's ancestors turn out to have been owners of Frankie's ancestors. Why spoil the twist in the synopsis? Just leave that bit out and let the reader discover for themselves.

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Amazing story,very captivating and touting.

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