In 2021, Gabrielle Union collaborated with Audible to perform “Dispossession”, written by Tayari Jones. In a 2021 Twitter post, Union commented, “I’m honored to be able to lend my voice to an author who so eloquently portrays black lives in his stories.” The story follows Cheryl, a mother who sends her son, Javonte, from Atalanta to an elite boarding school in Vermont. Now Cheryl must come to terms with what feels like the loss of her son, or at least the version of him she raised, as summed up by Barnes & Nobles.
Tayari Jones is a New York Times bestselling author. In 2018, her fourth novel, “An American Marriage,” won the Women’s Prize for Fiction as well as an NAACP Image Award (via tayari jones). Since its release in 2021, “Dispossession” has received widespread acclaim from listeners, with more than 2,000 critics rating the novella five out of five stars on Audible. Jones is also a professor of creative writing at Emory University and Cornell University, guiding students on their own path to becoming authors. As she explained to San Diego Union-Tribune in a 2021 interview, writing a novel is “the opposite of a love story” in that “the beginning is the hardest part”. According to Jones, “I often tell people that if you can survive the start, you’ll survive the novel.” You can download “Dispossession” for free with an Audible subscription or order your own copy at Amazon.