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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  897 ratings  ·  105 reviews
From Tayari Jones, author of the New York Times best-selling An American Marriage, and performed by Gabrielle Union, one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, comes an unflinching story about mothers and sons that will leave listeners reeling for days.

Motherhood isn’t easy, especially when you’re a mother of a black son. Ten years ago, Cheryl jumped at the chance
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Published January 14th 2021 by Audible Originals
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3.5 stars: “Dispossession” by Tayari Jones is a short story that is free on Audible Plus. I’m a fan of Jones so I took advantage of this freebee. It’s narrated by Gabrielle Union, who I also enjoy. It’s just short of an hour listen, yet I felt like I had heard a life story! It’s a powerful story of a black woman who did what she thought best for her son by sending him to a boarding school in the Northeast. She wanted to get him out of Atlanta and felt this was his best chance for a successful te ...more
Elyse  Walters
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
While walking today - not feeling zippy-perky- (my nephew is pretty sick with Covid- and another cousin is in the hospital from a stroke after getting hit on the head while he was surfing)
This happy news arrived this morning.
I kinda went inward from the news....knew I wasn’t up for social connecting. ( be it phone, or online exchanges)...
So....I made myself ‘walk’.....and stayed on the trail for almost 3 hours.
The weather here in the Bay Area is gorgeous today > like a blue sky summer day ( in
Misha (Heartsfullofreads)
Gabrielle Union did a beautiful job narrating this story. I could see her facial expressions as I was listening to her.

During this short story we met a Mother who is grappling with her relationship (or lack of) with her only child. They do not seem to understand each other the way they used to.

Some of Cheryl's background is shared with us and that pieces together why she felt the need to do the things she did for her son.

This short was a great listen. It fell a bit short though because there w
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dispossession, Tayari Jones narrated by Gabrielle Union.

Audible. Under an hour. A fantastic listen while waiting for bread to bake.

Sometimes what we think our children need is not the best for them in the long run. The decisions we make for them on their behalf...such a gamble...

Parenting is a hard job and mothers are judged the harshest. in schools in a sea of whiteness...eish

Perfect narration from Gabrielle. Impactful diction. Paced just right.

A punchy and impactful story. Will leav
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I must’ve missed something....this was a very lack luster short story. The narration was absolutely wonderful....but, the story missed something or perhaps I did.
Nima Morgan
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Too short.
Nia Forrester
So ... this was some depressing stuff. A mother makes choices to better the life of her son, only to find that those choices "dispossess" her of him so that now he is grown, they are virtual strangers. The other dispossession in this short refers to the displacement of Black people from the urban spaces that used to be their homes; and to the literal dispossession from a home (eviction) that the main character Cheryl finds herself participating in as part of her weekend gig at a moving company. ...more
'Nathan Burgoine
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
That was incredible, gutting, and I need to sit with it a bit before I put some thoughts together.

Okay, thoughts:

I'm not capable of isolating my own life as a kid who was kicked-to-the-curb while reading this, so while I absolutely fell right into the voice of the story (the mother) there was a part of me holding back the way it always is when I read or listen to stories about parents and estranged kids: I default to distrust of the parent character. That Tayari Jones made her so completely engr
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
It didn’t seem to go anywhere substantial. Her writing style is a hit or miss for me, and unfortunately it wasn’t as much of a hit as I’d hoped. I think having more time to tell the background story would’ve helped to enrich it, but all but the main character seemed one-dimensional. I would’ve liked it for a prologue but I struggled with this story being a standalone. 3 stars.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
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Dispossession, as Tayari Jones tells us during the course of the story, is the technical term for eviction. But at the same time, this short story is a powerful tale of dispossession of family, of racial and cultural identity, and of belonging. Dispossession is the leave-going from home that results in never feeling at home again where one once had roots. This short story explores the difficult choice one woman makes in sending her only son to an out of state school, and the repercussions that s ...more
3.5 stars
I suppose I am really getting to like Tayari Jones's books. This was another Audible short story, so it went super-fast. I guess I did not enjoy this story as much as the other ones I have listened to, but it was still good. The timeline wasn’t very linear, and I may have gotten a little confused on who Big P was. I also feel like some of the story wasn’t resolved (what I am saying is that I wanted more). But she did a great job of detailing and explaining the poor life in SW Atlanta an
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a short, interesting story. I enjoy her writing in general, and this one did not disappoint. The main character was realistic and likeable.
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Love Gabrielle Union narration!
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tayari Jones is so so good, and this is a beautifully written short story about motherhood and race and poverty. I wanted more.

Gabrielle Union does a masterful job with the narration.
Sienna Bradford
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Debated on adding this as a completed book but I will. It was very quick read/listen on audible. The story was alright - just short. Did not get the resolve I was looking for due to the abrupt ending. But I was stirred by the hardships and longing of the main character, Cheryl. All in all - it was simply okay.

However, Gabrielle Union did a fantastic job narrating. That alone I would give 5/5.

*This book is free and came included with an audible subscription.*
Jenn West
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wanted more!
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this moving, poignant story that narrator Gabrielle Union deftly conveys main character Cheryl’s struggles and regrets.

If you are a parent, this short story will make you think twice about the things you do in the name of doing the best for your child and the consequences of your choices.
Luna Logan
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Dispossession is a short, engaging, slice-of-life text. Though some reviews claim Dispossession is too short, I argue that Tayari Jones's conciseness and directness contribute to overarching themes common in African-American literature: vulnerability, tension between racial selves, performance, precarity, being uprooted, and watching these cycles perpetuate in the next generation.

Dispossession revolves around the experiences of a Black mother. She has an education, but she can't find someone to
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reading stories surrounding the area that I am from is one of my favorite things to do. In this one Tayari allows the reader to visit another area of Southwest Atlanta - Stewart Ave or Metropolitan. We met Cheryl, a work class mother of one whose son has grown distant because of some of the choices she made when he was young. Not necessarily bad choices but choices that are having lasting effects.

This is an audible original reading that was performed by Gabrielle Union. Her performance was fine
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a short story but I enjoy this author’s work so I wanted to read it. There was A LOT crammed (in a good way) in to this - racism, racial identity, difficult parenting decisions and consequences of those decisions, childhood trauma, predatory for-profit sham education programs...but I think the biggest theme here was how does it feel to a parent when the “better life” they want and achieve for their child means their child’s adult life and values are entirely different from your own? Thi ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another Audible Original, Dispossession by Tayari Jones is about 1 hour long. Gabrielle Union does a great job narrating. It's well written but is also a sad social commentary story. Young inner city black parents in Atlanta are worried about their elementary school aged son, Jevante, growing up surrounded by crime and few opportunities. When their son is offered a full scholarship to an exclusive boarding school in New England, Jevante's mother thinks her prayers have been answered.

But sacrifi
Nick Hendry
Mar 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I love Tayari Jones as an author and was looking forward to this book by her. I really enjoyed this short story, but I think it missed the mark with the plot or at least it hit the plot, but was too short and needed more to develop and drive it home. The book was supposed to be about mother's and sons and race, but most of it I was just focused so much on the eviction happening in the book and what was going on behind that family's story that the relationship between Cheryl and Jevonte and every ...more
I am amazed by how much Tayari Jones managed to pack into such a short listen. Dispossession tells the story of a black mother, Cheryl, and her decision to send her son, Javonte, away to a boarding school in New England in order to try to give him a better life than she anticipated for him in their hometown of Atlanta.

Years later, Javonte is supposed to come home to visit his mother over MLK weekend but cancels, claiming a work conflict. Cheryl ends up spending the day working a shift at a movin
Apr 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2021, fiction, novella
Another enjoyable free audible original. I absolutely adored An American Marriage, so wanted to listen to something else by this author and this was a good choice, as it reminded me why I like her writing style. She has such a way with words, sharing sad moments but phrasing it so you smile even as your heart breaks. I also like that her characters are always complex, no goodies or baddies, just humans. Gabrielle Union was the perfect narrator for this story about the difficulty in raising boys, ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
I love the Jones' work because she gets at the intersection of personal and the political. I especially admire her ability to draw characters who are so real. And, for all the thematic depth, she is just great at weaving details about the personal. Her craft is rather astounding, in a very short space we get a multi-dimensional picture of personal and social/political forces at work that make Cheryl who she is. Then the gut punch - choices that lead to profoundly moving loss. The reader gets to ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
4.5 stars

Jones and these short stories always leave me wanting more.

Dispossession is about a black couple who decided to send their only son to boarding school to protect him from the ills of the neighbourhood. That single decision changes everything.

This was a great listen, and Gabrielle Union was fantastic in her narration. My only grudge is the ending. I felt Jones could have done more... she left many unanswered questions. Nonetheless, I really enjoy this one.
Juan Rivera
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lecturas-2021
One of the hardest things we can do in our life is be parents.

I have always tried to be a good father, but children decide and maybe everything you have taught them, their values; don't look like yours.

In Tayari Jones' short story “Dispossession” we can see the consequences of our decisions. And feel them.

I always wanted my children to become independent and live far away.

Today they are, and I miss them.
Leila E.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story of motherhood from the eyes of Cheryl, the mother of a black son opens the door for dialogue. As a mother Cheryl questions if the choices she made as a mother were the correct ones. She also wonders why life gives you knowledge later in life that you could have used when you were younger.
Christine Baptiste
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Although I can't personally relate to any of the characters or their circumstances it's so beautifully written (or in this case spoken) I felt like it was my story. Gabrielle Union's voice, accents, acting, arose a deep level of empathy in me for each of the characters. I highly recommend (and it's free (when you have audible) so really nothing to lose). ...more
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Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, February 2018). Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Co ...more

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