November 20, 2023

Temple Folk

By Aaliyah Bilal, narrated by a full cast
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Holding emotional range and spiritual reverence, the voices of the narrators of Temple Folk create a sense of intimacy with Aaliyah Bilal’s characters.
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The debut short story collection from writer Aaliyah Bilal traverses the inner worlds of Black Muslims in America as they grapple with life events like the death or infidelity of a parent. Temple Folk (8 hours) draws listeners in with an array of voices that illuminate the range of the stories. The audiobook features actors and narrators Amir Abdullah, Chanté McCormick, Soneela Nankani, Leon Nixon and Jade Wheeler. Each voice offers complexity and nuance to the rich landscape of Black American Muslim life that Bilal has rendered. Holding emotional heft and spiritual reverence, the narrators’ stunning performances anchor listeners and create a sense of intimacy.

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Temple Folk

Temple Folk

By Aaliyah Bilal, narrated by a full cast
Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN 9781797157603

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