Nightcrawling: A novel

Written by:
Leila Mottley
Narrated by:
Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2022
10 hours 48 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK • A dazzling novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system. This debut of a blazingly original voice “bursts at the seams of every page and swallows you whole” (Tommy Orange, author of There There).

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, GOODREADS

Kiara and her brother, Marcus, are scraping by in an East Oakland apartment complex optimistically called the Regal-Hi. Both have dropped out of high school, their family fractured by death and prison

But while Marcus clings to his dream of rap stardom, Kiara hunts for work to pay their rent—which has more than doubled—and to keep the nine-year-old boy next door, abandoned by his mother, safe and fed. One night, what begins as a drunken misunderstanding with a stranger turns into the job Kiara never imagined wanting but now desperately needs: nightcrawling. Her world breaks open even further when her name surfaces in an investigation that exposes her as a key witness in a massive scandal within the Oakland Police Department.

Rich with raw beauty, electrifying intensity, and piercing vulnerability, Nightcrawling marks the stunning arrival of a voice unlike any we have heard before.
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Kristen N.

I cannot believe this author was 21 when she published this book. Every person who has ever looked at another and judged them should read this book. The voice she gives young poor women of color is the best I’ve read. And this narrator’s performance is simply perfection

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Jennifer C.

One of the most profound and relevant novels I have ever read , and one so beautifully written. High praise to Ms Mottley for grabbing me, shaking me and bringing me to tears. I took my time with this one, it is not to be read quickly and this voice is not one to be forgotten. I’m astounded

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Margie M.

Tough story we all need to know that is told in beautifully written prose.

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