This program is read by Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman
”Baby, the first thing I need to know from you is do you believe I killed my father?”
So begins Upstate, a powerful story told through letters between seventeen-year-old Antonio and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Natasha, set in the 1990’s in New York. Antonio and Natasha’s world is turned upside down, and their young love is put to the test, when Antonio finds himself in jail, accused of a shocking crime. Antonio fights to stay alive on the inside, while on the outside, Natasha faces choices that will change her life. Over the course of a decade, they share a desperate correspondence. Often, they have only each other to turn to as life takes them down separate paths and leaves them wondering if they will ever find their way back together.
Startling, real, and filled with raw emotion, Upstate is an unforgettable coming-of-age story with a message of undeniable hope. Brilliant and profoundly felt, it is destined to speak to a new generation of listeners.
KALISHA BUCKHANON was born in Kankakee, Illinois in 1977. She has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the NAACP, Andrew Mellon Fund, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Young Authors Commission, Mary Roberts Rhinehart Fund and the Chicago Black Writer’s Conference. Her work has appeared in such publications as Michigan Quarterly Review and Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. Her novels include Upstate, Solemn, and Conception.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN is best known for his roles as Jackie Robinson in the film 42 and James Brown in Get On Up. Along with Heather Simms, Boseman read Buckhanon’s Upstate, winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award and an Audie Award. Boseman has appeared on the television series Persons Unknown, The Express, and Lincoln Heights. A playwright and screenwriter, he is a graduate of Howard University and the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford.
“Wild and beautiful…The story is told using the epistolary form with a brilliant skill not seen since The Color Purple.” —Sapphire, national bestselling author of Push
“Heartbreaking and true…I’d read it again just for the power of the language.” —Dorothy Allison, National Book Award finalist and national bestelling author of Bastard Out of Carolina and Cavedweller
Upstate was published on January 1, 2005.The Upstate Audiobook is 915 hours. Speechify has the Unabridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
Upstate includes the following subjects: Epistolary. The BISAC Subject Code is Fiction, Coming of Age.
The author of Upstate is Kalisha Buckhanon.
The narrator for the Upstate Audiobook is Chadwick Boseman.