by Kia DuPree


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Silenced by Kia DuPree

One of the hottest new writers in urban fiction, award-winning author Kia DuPree has been hailed for her heart-wrenching storytelling and unforgettable characters. Now she takes you to Washington, D.C.'s most notorious neighborhood, where a young woman has one chance to escape-and too many ways to lose . . .


She gets lost in the fantasy of books and poetry. But in Tinka Hampton's all-too-real world, her mother Nicola has lost her job and is struggling to stop her family's fall into poverty. With her sons turning to drug dealing-and worse-Nicola wants better things for her daughter. Yet the more pressure she puts on Tinka to do everything right, the more she drives her away . . . straight into the arms of Nine, a man as irresistible as he is lethal. Now Nicola must make unimaginable choices that will put Tinka at a dangerous crossroads. Will standing up for her seemingly impossible dreams be her way out-or will they trap her on D.C.'s merciless streets forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446547741
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,261,471
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kia, a native of Washington, D.C., holds a B.A. in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University, as well as an M.A. in English from Old Dominion University. She received a Professional Studies Publishing Certificate from New York University in 2006. She is currently teaching middle school and lives with her husband and son in the DC area.

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Silenced 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here she goes again. Harriet klausner why do you feell the need to ruin books for others? Who died and made you book review god? Just give your opinion as to whether you liked the book or not. Stop revealing the entire plot linr!!!!!!!!!!!
JustMrsT More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly suprised by this book. The author is great at weaving the story with enough details to keep you interested and to keep you guessing. Her characters were very relateable and believable; this could be a story of many around-the-way-girls that I know, including myself. I would definitely read other works byt his author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was definetely a great read! I was hooked from the minute I opened the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very great read......
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Washington, D.C., thirty years old single mom Nicola "Cola" Hampton has one goal for her three children daughter Teyona (called Tinka) and her two sons (fourteen years old Marquan and twelve years old Taevon). She prays they avoid the mistakes she and their dads made as Tinka's father has vanished; Marquan's sire serves a life sentence; and Taevon's pop is a serial womanizer. When Cola loses her job, she is forced to move with her into the dangerous Sursum Corda projects with her three offspring. Marquan steals a car and eventually is charged with capital murder and Taevon becomes a drug dealer. Cola's only hope resides with Tinka, but though a good girl, her armed boyfriend Nine robs stores. This is a powerful family drama as Kia Dupree provides profound insight into the other side of living in DC. The cast is fully developed especially the Hampton brood whose life in the projects comes across as perilous while also emotionally wringing. Rotating perspective between mother and daughter, Silenced is a raw deep look at surviving the mean streets of a Washington in which politicians prefer to pretend it does not exist. Harriet Klausner
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Nicola has it hard as a single mother trying to raise three children on her own. When she loses her job, gets evicted and finds herself moving in with a friend and losing control over her children, she realizes that her life is a lesson for her children, but mainly her young daughter Tinka. Will she be able to teach Tinka how to remain true to herself while loving her sons? Full of potential, it's obvious to others that Teyona aka Tinka is a different kind of girl. She's always reading, writing poetry and seeing things inversely. As their family begins to change, Tinka tries to maintain her identity. But soon, she starts to adapt to her environment, trading her books in for fashion and boys. Though she tries to keep herself in line, she feels pressure from her mother to be the one to survive their lifestyle as her older brothers have apparently failed to live up to their potential. Can Tinka make her mother proud or will she become another victim? SILENCED by Kia Dupree is voluminous. I love how you meet the characters, the community and you instantly become intricately involved in. As the story moves forward, you find yourself praying for this family as their lives seem to be in a turnstile with heartache and drama nipping at the heels. This is a very realistic account of the choices we make and why. SILENCED is worthy of a recommendation. Reviewed by: Crystal