Buckhanon, Kalisha. 2005. Upstate. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin. ISBN 0-312-33269-6. $11.95. Paperback

*2006 ALA Alex Awards Winner

*Audie Award Winner, Literary Fiction

*2006 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Legacy Award in Debut Fiction Nominee

A novel of letters that follows Natasha and Antonio after he is imprisoned for murdering his father.

“Baby, the first thing I need to know from you is do you believe I killed my father?” And so this impassioned plea of Antonio to his girlfriend, Natasha starts this novel told via letters. The letters span almost a decade and showcase with raw emotion the struggles faced by both a prisoner and his girlfriend. Both must face the fact that they grow up far too quickly because of the circumstances that are placed into.

As the years pass, both Antonio and Natasha must face difficult choices and learn from their mistakes to grow into adulthood. Will they ever get back together? Will Antonio ever get out of prison? Is there any hope of living through this pain? The answers can be found Upstate.