Speaking of Summer

Speaking of Summer Review

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 roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again—the door to the roof is locked, and no footsteps are found. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing woman, Autumn must pursue answers on her own, all while grieving her mother's recent death.

With her friends and neighbors, Autumn pretends to hold up through the crisis. She falls into an affair with Summer's boyfriend to cope with the disappearance of a woman they both loved. But the loss becomes too great, the mystery too inexplicable, and Autumn starts to unravel, all the while becoming obsessed with murdered women and the men who kill them.

In Speaking of Summer, critically acclaimed author Kalisha Buckhanon has created a postmodern, fast-paced story of urban peril and victim invisibility, and the fight to discover truth at any cost.

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  • karen

    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, ...

  • MA

    I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.The blip is better than the book."The new novel from the author of Upstate, one of five books selected by the National Book Foundation for th...

  • Michelle

    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...

  • Amiee

    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 onesel...

  • Liz

    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 Au...

  • Erin Glover

    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 cul...

  • Janel

    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 ...

  • Anna

    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 th...

  • Emily

    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 traditiona...

  • Phi Beta Kappa Authors

    Kalisha BuckhanonΦBK, University of Chicago, 1999AuthorFrom the publisher: On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer's twin sister Summer walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is ...