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Stories from the Tenants Downstairs

By: Sidik Fofana
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt,Nile Bullock,Sidik Fofana,Dominic Hoffman,DePre Owens,André Santana,Bahni Turpin,Jade Wheeler
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Named a BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH by Good Housekeeping, Essence, Chicago Review of Books, Goodreads, and MORE 

Set in a Harlem high rise, a stunning debut about a tight-knit cast of characters grappling with their own personal challenges while the forces of gentrification threaten to upend life as they know it.

Like Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place and Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, Sidik Fofana’s electrifying collection of eight interconnected stories showcases the strengths, struggles, and hopes of one residential community in a powerful storytelling experience. 

Each short story follows a tenant in the Banneker Homes, a low-income high rise in Harlem where gentrification weighs on everyone’s mind. There is Swan in apartment 6B, whose excitement about his friend’s release from prison jeopardizes the life he’s been trying to lead. Mimi, in apartment 14D, who hustles to raise the child she had with Swan, waitressing at Roscoe’s and doing hair on the side. And Quanneisha B. Miles, a former gymnast with a good education who wishes she could leave Banneker for good, but can’t seem to escape the building’s gravitational pull. We root for these characters and more as they weave in and out of each other’s lives, endeavoring to escape from their pasts and blaze new paths forward for themselves and the people they love.

Stories from the Tenants Downstairs brilliantly captures the joy and pain of the human experience and heralds the arrival of a uniquely talented writer.

©2022 Sidik Fofana. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Beautiful Community Tale

I’d recommend this collection to anyone who enjoyed the Rabbit Hutch. Similar story of a low-income community.

I enjoyed the colorful narrative voices and realistic vernacular.

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Terrible

I tried multiple times to listen to this. It's garbage. I wanted to like it but just couldn't get into it. Save your credit.

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struggled to finish. confusing at time. not engaging at all. first couple of stories were ok but it went downhill after that.

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Devastatingly beautiful. So real and honest
you will see that reality is not always happy endings

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Our Story

The story of our neighbors is our story. I enjoyed reading & listening to this collection. Lite feet was my favorite!

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Please Sidik, can we have some more?

What a great book! I was entertained, enlightened, and plain out loving this book until it ended—way too quickly. I’m hoping the author has more time to hear from his neighbors soon and then gets them submitted for another season. I particularly understood the stories from the classrooms & wow—they were right on. The last story, memorable for other reasons, will echo for a long time. The author is genius in telling others’ stories.

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Fascinating glimpse at peoples' lives in a Harlem high-rise ... whether true or imagined, you'll enjoy them all!

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Interesting

An interesting collection of interwoven stories from different perspectives of tenants in the same building. I enjoyed the range of style and storytelling in this