Departures

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Departures by Adrienne Bellamy, Sisi Aisha Johnson

Multicultural Fiction

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ISBN-13: 9781419327391
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: The Loner Series

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Departures 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
bookwormEQ More than 1 year ago
A must read!! I read this book 5 years ago. I loved it so much that I wanted to continued to read some more of Adrienne Bellamy books. Over a sudden, because of personal reasons, I stopped reading. I just recently I returned to reading and I wanted to begin with Adrienne's book. Without realizing it I bought Departures again and even though, I knew, I read "Departures" before I just couldn't put down this book, it just as funny now as it was 5 years ago. Adrienne Bellamy puts you through all kinds of emotions and it is just fun, clean reading. Thumbs up Adrienne Bellamy!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent, I could not put it down. The characters were beleivable and fit together perfectly. the changes in the book are different yet fluent. the writing style of the author is appreciative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Departures was truly a hilarious, fun book to read from start to finish. The characters were stong community women from Philly who encouraged and supported each other. My fave was Reba.I especially liked her character because she was able to evolve from a passive, unhappy woman who aggressively changes her and her children's life for the better in a very creative way. I couldn't stop thinking of the characters after I finished reading it and was glad to know that there is a sequel to Departures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought there we're to many chracters in this book..I could not keep up...but a page turner.I will read next book connecting...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed reading Departures. The characters are so authentic that the reader is actually transformed into their world. As you continue, you begin to wish you could interact with them, albeit maybe not in a good way (i.e., with the Paula character). Also noteworthy is the fact that Ms. Bellamy gets right to the point with the drama. There is no lag in getting the party started with this book. You are informed from the beginning that you're in for an interesting ride. I have begun her sequel 'Connecting' and her writing style both entertains and intrigues me. They are both page turners which no one in their right mind can put down until they're done and even then, you're hungry for more! Next stop, 'Arrivals'! All aboard!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My name is Joquina Somerville and I reside in Glenside, Pennsylvania. I am an elementary school teacher with nineteen years of experience. I wanted to be a test reader after reading Departures by Adrienne Bellamy and having the opportunity to discuss the book with her. I eagerly volunteered to test read for her. My book club, The Page Turners had the pleasure of hosting author Adrienne Bellamy in February 2004 after reading her book Departures as of our featured selection for the month. Our book club consisted of 11 female African-Americans within the ages from mid-thirties to mid-fifties. Our members' occupations range from the fields of law, education, social work, health, and public service. One of our members had met Adrienne while she was hosting a Barnes and Noble book club discussion and arranged with her to meet with us. We found Adrienne to be just like her book - full of life and had a lot going on, all at the same time. What a lively discussion we had! The members had many questions for Adrienne and wanted her input to why she had written what she had written. Different members had different favorite characters. Some parts pleased us immensely, like Paula getting her just desserts. Parts of Departures made us laugh and some parts just annoyed us. While we were reading the book, different members found themselves calling each other to find out if they had read the part where the person calling was at in the book. Often the conversation began, 'Girl, wait to you get to page _____.' Departures gave us a beginning to look forward to. I had the pleasure of reading Arrivals. When I first got the book, I looked at the number of pages and said well, this will take some time. The evening that I got it, I read about fifty pages and stopped because I was tired and I didn't want to miss something, reading while sleepy. The next morning I told myself that I would read to page one hundred and then stop and to do my work. Well, I was only fooling myself. I read one hundred pages then told myself that I would stop when I read fifty more. When I got to that point, I told myself that I would stop when 'so and so happened.' Needless to say, I got no work done that day. I spent the day laying on my bed reading until I finished the book. From time to time, I would call Adrienne and say, 'I can't believe this has happened.' Reading Arrivals was like coming home. It was wonderful to read about characters that I knew about, Horace, Reba, Amber to name a few. It was great that Lenora was finally free! While I knew that there was a book in between Departures and Arrivals (Connecting) that I had not read, Arrivals stood strong by itself. Society has us thinking that if you are on death row that you are a bad person. Arrivals changes our naivety thinking. The women that we meet through Lenora are parts of ourselves. They said that there's a thin line between love and hate. Well, Arrivals let's us know that there's a thin line between sanity and I've had enough. Anyone reading Arrivals will see themselves somewhere between the pages. The way the women get on death row will make you laugh, feel sorry for them, and understand all at the same time. Their stories made me wish I had the power to pardon them and free them. The death row women are our sisters, our nieces, our mothers, and ourselves and most of all our circumstances on many a day. Reading Arrivals makes you want to have a three day slumber party with all the people you care about, whether they are your family or good friends. That's what Arrivals gives us, friends and family who have each other's backs during bad times and will celebrate with you during the good times. May we all have friends like those in Arrivals! If you are fortunate enough to read Departures, Connecting and Arrivals (yes, Ms. Bellamy has sinced released a promotional copy of Connecting, her second novel to me). If Ms. Bellamy's novels are read in order, readers will see the growth of an author and t
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and some of my favorite authors are Terry McMillan and Mary Higgins Clark. My new favorite author is Adrienne Bellamy. I had the pleasure of meeting Adrienne Bellamy on board the Tom Joyner Morning Show Fantastic Voyage of 2003. It was there that I purchased her novel, Departures. I started reading it on board the ship and could not put it down. I remember spending an entire day on the sun deck reading and laughing. I completed the book in 18 hours. I was intrigued with the characters, and the things they said and did are actually things we do in our every day lives when dealing with family and friends. I like the way Ms. Bellamy centers her stotylines around family and friends and then brings all the characters together. I particularly love the character Horace because he is a very nice person and he reminds me of myself. However, don't cross him, make him angry or mess with his daughters. I also like the characters Reba and Sheila. As an African American female, I know what it means to be strong, independent and stand up for what you believe in. Paula was also a character I liked, I just didn;t like the things she did. If you have not read Departures, I advise you to go out and get it right away. When I completed the book, I was compelled to get in touch with Ms. Bellamy to congratulate her on such an excellent novel and her writing abilities. I also wanted to know when I could get the sequel to Departures, titled Connecting. I was disappointed that Connecting would not be released until march of 2005. In November of 2004, Ms. Bellamy called me to inform me that she had a surprise for me. That surprise was that she had chosen me to become one of her test readers for her sequel, Connecting, primarily for feedback. I was not only excited, but flattered as well. I agreed and she mailed me a promotional copy of Connecting. I was ecstatic to get my hands on that novel and be reunited with the characters of Departures. I began reading Connecting on November 11, 2004. I found it to be better than Departures. My favorite characters in Connecting were Purdy, Maritza, Joel, Ebony, Angie and of course, my main man, Horace. I loved Connecting because there was constant excitement from chapter to chapter and there are some cliffhangers. Where you think you know who did something, you get a big surprise. What you thought would be the outcome changes and shocks you. There are parts where you would not believe the character actually does what they do. I couldn't believe socialite Peggy Kinard ended up in a rehab. Read it and find out why. Take some advice if you love a fantastic read--stick with the talented and creative Adrienne Belllamy. Her novels are off the chain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Departures is a fictional romance novel that has something for everyone: Comedy, drama and mystery. Adrienne Bellamy, the author, really has a way with words. She is able to keep the reader interested from start to finish. There is plenty of high drama and hilarious situations. The characters are all strong individuals with ways of ingratiating themselves with the reader. It is a riveting, intriguing book in soap opera style. Adrienne Bellamy is definitely a gifted writer. She is a former student of mine; therefore, I read Departures as though I was evaluating one of her class assignments. She definitely knows how to hold a reader's attention. Departures is captivating and very hard to put down before completing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adrienne Bellamy has delivered some very strong characters and an incredible twist in the end of this novel. When you think you've got it figured out, this author lets you know she is smarter than that. Departures kept me riveted. Bellamy may have cerated these characters but I swear I know them. They are so very real. Keep up the good work Ms. Bellamy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to say I thought it was only appropriate for me to take this new book along with me on my 'Departure' to Detroit for a five day visit. Once I boarded the plane and got myself situated I pulled out my book and started reading in the beginning I was laughing 'LOUD', I mean really crackin' up in the first few chapters, I was relating to those characters big time, the passengers were looking at me over there glasses (really peeking trying to see what I was reading.) The characters were truly 'all' someone I knew in my life. Adrienne really knows how to make you feel as if you are right there at that particular time. Some books you can almost predict what will happen next, trust me 'not here'. Good Job Adrienne Departures Is 'Off The Hook' 'Oklahoma'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I have ventured into the realm of African American fiction. I enjoyed Departures and this was a great first novel on the part of the author. I look forward to the next book and the one after that. Ms. Bellamy develops her characters in a manner that leaves the reader very interested in what is going to happen next. The characters are complex and strong with a real zest for life. It's easy to love some of the characters and equally easy to hate others. Either way, it is a book filled with raw emotion that keeps the reader hooked. Because there are several 'main' characters, it does take a little while to become familiar with them. But once you do, it is great to be along for the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were so many characters in this book. If you had a favorite character(s) you truly looked forward to see what happens to them next. This book was truly filled with short stories, every character had an issue-which made it fun to read. If you like stories that can take your mind off of what's going on around you, then you should read DEPARTURES.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Represent,sister! Departures is a novel that will have you departing with laughter, anger, love and hate. Your emotions will run the gamut. As you visualize the inner workings of the various characters, you will come to despise some, empathize with some, weep for some and rejoice in the growth and intelligence of others. As the novel progresses, you will want to attack Paula, get into her head and simply ask her, 'Why?' You will feel sympathy for Sheila and Reba at first and then, revel in their gumption. Amber's plight will wrench the strings of your heart. The other characters will be just as compelling in their unique destinies. Resign yourself to a roller coaster ride as you read and experience the antics of each of these distinct characters. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading departures was a first for me. It allowed me to expreience another part of a growing community of african american writers that bring to life their experiences real or unreal. I liked the book and would recommend it to others. Although somewhat confusing at times to me, I grew to like the transformation of the characters in the book. Once I understood the plot of the book I was able to enjoy it and at times laugh at various parts in the book. I would like to read the next book that comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were too many characters in this book and too little substance for them to become real to the reader. Instead they were more like one-dimensional cardboard cutouts. The timelines were confusing at best, causing great difficulty in connecting with the plot and the characters. Further, using a 10-year-old to narrate a book that deals with so many adult issues confounds the reader and further alienates the reader from any connection to the characters. Instead of giving a description of each of the characters at the beginning of the book, the author would have served the reader better by developing the characters into living beings that leap from the pages and give the reader reason to press on to the end of the book. This book may have also been much better written as a series of short stories rather than trying to connect all the characters and subplots into one work. The author states in the beginning of the book that it is a bunch of short stories, but the formatting of the book is that of a novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. I did not put down this book from the very beginning. I can't wait until the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and have read a lot of books by African American authors who have all told good stories, but there was something about 'DEPARTURES' that never allowed me to put the book down. The various characters were very believeable and funny. Like I said it was the best that I have read this year and I recommend it as a must read for any book lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When finishing this book you will know exactly what this headline means. This book is an easy and fun read. I read in less then two days. I could not and did not want to put it down!! Although the characters and author are African-American, it speaks to all relationships. I met the author at a Barnes and Noble in No. Brunswick and she is as lively and lovable as her characters. DON'T MISS THIS BOOK. YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THIS BOOK FROM SOMEONE ELSE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel had me caught up in the lives of the characters. I felt like I knew each one of them! It was filled with fun, anticipation and pleasant surprises. I never wanted it to end. Thanks Ms. Bellamy
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a breath of fresh air! I had so much fun reading this book. The lives of the characters were unraveled in a compelling fashion. Rarely am I unable to put a novel down once I begin reading it. This one was like crazy glue. Thanks for the ride Ms. Bellamy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Departures, and found it an excellent novel. The book was spellbounding, entertaining, and the characters were very real and easy to relate to, they jumped off the page and took you into their world. I am looking forward to the sequel and many more by Ms Bellamy. I would highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I MET THE AUTHOR OF DEPARTURES TODAY, MS. BELLAMY AT A BOOK SIGNING. I NEVER HEARD OF HER BOOK, I THOUGHT I WOULD GIVE IT A TRY AFTER MEETING WITH HER AND DISCUSSING HER BOOK. SHE SEEMED LIKE SUCH A DOWN TO EARTH,PEOPLE PERSON. I DECIDED TO GO OUT ON A LIMB AND PURCHASE HER BOOK. I AM ONLY 25 PAGES INTO THE BOOK, AND WANTED TO LET OTHER READERS OUT THERE KNOW THAT THIS IS A VERY VERY GOOD BOOK. IT HOLDS YOUR INTEREST AND IS WRITTEN VERY WELL. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HER FOLLOWUP BOOK, BECAUSE I KNOW I WILL BE FINISHED READING DEPARTURE VERY SOON.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Departures had me laughing, crying, angry, and sitting with my mouth hanging open...and this was all in one chapter! Adrienne Bellamy has given the reader something very real and recognizable in her characters. We will undoubtedly be hearing a lot more from this wonderfully talented story teller...and I can't wait!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got Departures in January while on a cruise and read the entire book in less than two days. Ms. Bellamy had my attention from the first page, I couldn't put the book down ! I felt I knew the characters and wanted to reach out and help those who needed it. I can't wait for a sequel! Ms. Bellamy holds the readers attention throughout and leaves them wanting more at the end. Congrats Adrienne!! A job very well done and I hope the next one is as successful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and found it very hard to put down. Every character in the book is almost like someone that I know. What a better way to get rid of pent up frustrations then to dig up your dead husband and beat the hell out of him, or to make your no good man put his own cloths out in the trash. As you can tell I loved "Departures". Waiting for next book.