Leaving Lymon Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Behind every bad boy is a story worth hearing and at least one chance for redemption. It's 1946, and Lymon, uprooted from his life in the Deep South and moved up North, needs that chance.
Lymon's father is, for the time being, at Parchman Farm - the Mississippi State Penitentiary - and his mother, whom he doesn't remember all that much, has moved North. Fortunately, Lymon is being raised by his loving grandparents. Together, Lymon and his grandpops share a love of music, spending late summer nights playing the guitar.
But Lymon's world as he knows it is about to dissolve. He will be sent on a journey to two Northern cities far from the country life he loves - and the version of himself he knows.
In this companion novel to the Coretta Scott King Honor-winning Finding Langston, listeners will see a new side of the bully Lymon in this story of an angry boy whose raw talent, resilience, and devotion to music help point him in a new direction.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 19 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 21, 2020|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #216,798 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#222 in African American Stories for Children
#444 in Teen & Young Adult 20th Century United States Historical Fiction
#517 in Geography & Cultures for Children
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This is what my four-year-old had to say:
I really liked the book. I really liked his grandma because she showed him respect.
The only person who Lymon was wanting and needing was, the one individual who would just pop into his life, whenever they felt the need to. You can feel the desperation in his voice and in his actions as they made their appearance and when they walked out, Lymon was again looking, looking for them everywhere. Lymon has lots of questions but no one was honest with him. They liked to dance around the questions that he asked of them.
When Lymon lived with his grandparents, his grandfather taught him how to play the guitar and this love united them. This was a connection that he also had with his father, for his father did gigs and he always had another show. I enjoyed this music connection and how the author used this throughout the story.
This was a fantastic story and it was an emotional one for me. Lymon needed some stability and he needed someone to be there for him but would he ever find it and who would that person be? I think the ending was too perfect for me considering how the story was progressing and the characters. 4 stars This is a sequel to Finding Langston.
A young black boy, Lymon narrates this story, the tale of his life from who knows when but quite young in 1938 to who knows when but in or nearing his teens in 1947. He starts out happy in Vicksburg, Mississippi, living with his grandfather and grandma. His father is in jail and he’s never known his errant momma. That’s 1938 to 1942. In 1942, they move to Milwaukee to live with Lymon’s Aunt Vera and Uncle Clark: Lymon’s grandpa is dying and his grandma –he calls her “Ma”-- is ill with diabetes. By 1945, his grandfather is gone and grandma is in the hospital. His mother shows up out of nowhere and moves him to Chicago to live with her, her two boys by another father, and her new husband, Robert, who she assures Lymon is a good man ---look at how he took her in with two children of her own, neither one his! but Lymon has to be careful around him because he works so hard. But Lymon finds he can’t please Robert no matter what he does. He’s a tyrant and a bully and Lymon is a convenient punching bag. Hearing Lymon pick out a melody on a guitar his grandfather had left him, Lymon’s most valuable possession, Robert takes it from Lymon and deliberately destroys it.
A year later and Lymon is in detention, the Arthur J. Andy Home, in prison like daddy was years before. But his daddy’s out now and has no intention of going back in again. In the end, 1947, father and son are reunited. His daddy gives up his life on the road as a musician (a lot of this book is about music) and takes a steady job. Lymon and his dad live near Aunt Vera and Uncle Clark again.
That Lymon’s life end up positive, at least this segment of it, is largely because some good people did good things for him along the way: his grandfather taught him guitar, his grandparents and aunt and uncle looked out for him when he needed it, a deacon in his grandma’s church who owned a barbershop hired Lymon to clean up his shop in taught him how to play the trumpet and read music. One of the messages of this warm and affecting book is that good people can have an effect even in unfortunate times. Enough good people touch Lymon at the right times so that by the end of the book, as he nears adulthood, he has a sense of self and he stands for something. It’s a lovely book.