West of Rehoboth by Alexs Pate audiobook

West of Rehoboth

By Alexs Pate
Read by Dion Graham

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Set in the early 1960s, West of Rehoboth is the moving story of twelve-year-old Edward Massey. Each summer, to escape the heat of Philadelphia, Edward’s family travels to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. A pristine resort untouched by racial integration, Rehoboth Beach offers work for his mother and a sandy playground for his sister. As for Edward—an imaginative boy smitten with Agatha Christie’s master sleuth Hercule Poirot—it offers the the chance to understand his curmudgeonly uncle Rufus, a man caught in a swirl of hard luck and bad choices. Forging a tenuous bond, their relationship will take Edward on a harrowing journey through Rufus’s past, an amalgam of violence, disappointment, and frustration. As he tries to make sense of the sadness and despair of his uncle's life, Edward must struggle to avoid losing himself to the same destiny. In this mesmerizing and elegant story, Pate tells the tale of a family on the brink of turmoil—and of the compassionate and healing power of one unforgettable boy.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Set in the early 1960s, West of Rehoboth is the moving story of twelve-year-old Edward Massey. Each summer, to escape the heat of Philadelphia, Edward’s family travels to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. A pristine resort untouched by racial integration, Rehoboth Beach offers work for his mother and a sandy playground for his sister. As for Edward—an imaginative boy smitten with Agatha Christie’s master sleuth Hercule Poirot—it offers the the chance to understand his curmudgeonly uncle Rufus, a man caught in a swirl of hard luck and bad choices.

Forging a tenuous bond, their relationship will take Edward on a harrowing journey through Rufus’s past, an amalgam of violence, disappointment, and frustration. As he tries to make sense of the sadness and despair of his uncle's life, Edward must struggle to avoid losing himself to the same destiny.

In this mesmerizing and elegant story, Pate tells the tale of a family on the brink of turmoil—and of the compassionate and healing power of one unforgettable boy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this richly detailed masterpiece, Pate’s writing soars.” Essence
“A multilayered exploration of love and redemption.” Minnesota Monthly
“Every character is capably portrayed by Dion Graham: bitter Edna, tragic Rufus, sweet, innocent Eddie, modern black parents, street gangs, and white police officers. Graham fluidly presents asides, thoughts, and rising tension and even croons beautiful spirituals as the listener participates in a dreamy and magical coming-of-age story…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Richly conceived…Middle-class black life in the 1960s is ably captured.” Publishers Weekly
“Pate…creates extraordinarily well developed characters, and his prose is eloquent and nuanced. Much of the story is told in flashback…A powerful coming-of-age tale.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Alexs Pate

Author Bio: Alexs Pate

Alexs D. Pate is an author and educator and founded of Innocent Classroom with the vision to eliminate the power of racial stereotypes in schools through authentic relationships between teacher and child. He is the author of several novels, and his work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Utne Reader, and Artpaper. As a poet and mentor, he was awarded the Kay Sexton Award in 2021.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English