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Summary

A poignant mother-daughter story about the complex inner lives of women by the critically acclaimed author of Training School for Negro Girls.

In this evocative short piece, Candace worries that her mother, Annie, has reached an emotional breaking point. When her best friend loses her battle with cancer, Annie is acting in uncharacteristic ways, seemingly less concerned than ever about what her friends and neighbors think of her - a troubling development in her daughter’s eyes. But while Candace may think she knows her mother better than anyone, something deeper lingers beneath the surface, and times of hardship have a way of bringing us closer together than ever.

A perfect next listen for fans of Tayari Jones and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Starchild is a moving story from a striking literary voice.

©2021 Camille Acker (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Joyful grief

This short story celebrates the joy and grief of death, life and the bond between a mother and daughter. I enjoyed it, but rated it 4 stars because I felt it lacked resolution and the first narrator's voice is initially quite stilted.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-10-21

Great Short!

This was a great short about loss and grief. I loved the dynamic between mother and daughter. The narration was excellent!

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  • Sha J
  • 16-10-21

Excellent!

Excellent short read! Left me wanting more of the story and the main characters. Definitely recommend.

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  • Barbara S
  • 31-10-21

You'll want to listen again!

Ok, I listened to “Starchild” twice. Why? Because I wanted to listen even more closely a second time. I’m a huge fan of mother/daughter stories. Adult children never really know their parents; there is a moment when adult children finally see the fragilities that have been hidden.

This is only 55 minutes in length, but it shows the emotional divide of a mother and her daughter. Candace begins to suspect there could be an emotional/mental issue with her mother when her momma shows up at the wake of her momma’s best friend wearing a gold lame’ cocktail dress (it’s mid-thigh if not shorter, highlighting all her curvy features). The Deacon enjoyed his lingering gaze, while the pastor did his best to ignore. The dress is fun, but it’s Annie’s impassioned speech at the lectern that is something I’m still chuckling about. The dress and the speech aren’t all, her mother, Annie, also begins to enjoy her ganja again. What’s a daughter of this formally very religious/modest woman to do??

A chance encounter at the grocery store allows Candace to see her mother in a new light. This is a beautiful story of a daughter seeing her momma as a strong, vital woman.

This is an audible original, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Prat and Karen Chilton. It is written by Camille Acker.

You will want to listen to it again.

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  • Angela
  • 05-11-21

I loved everything about this…

The best part being her momma showing her how to really live in the small space of time we all occupy.

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  • 18-10-21

Beautiful

Beautiful story about life after loss and the visible and invisible pain and emotion that go with it, while layering in the parent-child relationship as it evolves. Lovely story.

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  • 02-08-22

Good Story

It depicted for me a moment in life that's true and real. A moment with all its sadness and joy.

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  • 31-07-22

Excellent

Great Story! Intriguing and certainly kept my attention. A happy ending to quick story. Thanks

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  • 01-07-22

Mothers and Daughters

This is a story of aging , of mothers and daughters, of grief, and, ultimately, resilience and joy.
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This story was perfect. it hit every note and the ending was perfect. it's just I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Annie and Candace yet.

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  • Krystal
  • 28-04-22

Sweet, Simple & Starlit

Cute coming of age story about a young girl discovering her body and beauty. Recommended for young adults.

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  • Bradley Groth
  • 04-04-22

Touching. Real and Inspired

It was an evocative short story that left me smiling and joyous. Great performances, lovely storytelling.