Only twice I've wished for heaven : a novel / Dawn Turner Trice.
Author: Trice, Dawn Turner.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c1996.
ISBN: 0517704285 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780517704288 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Description: vii, 304 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subject: African American girls Fiction.
African Americans Fiction.
Chicago (Ill.) Fiction.
Summary: A black girl rejects her family's upward move to a ritzy neighborhood of Chicago. Tempest Saville, 11, finds her new surroundings sterile. She discovers a hole in the security fence and regularly slips out to take part in the colorful life of the poor. In 1975, the Saville family has won the chance to move into Lakeland, a planned community on Chicago's lake front. Formed as a social experiment, Lakeland is home to many of the city's elite black professionals, but for 11-year-old Tempest, the residents, with their expensive clothes and prissy manners, have "no color" at all. Slipping outside the walled community through a hole in the fence, she is drawn to the raucous environs of Thirty-fifth Street, particularly Miss Jonetta's liquor store. Tempest comes to look upon the store as a refuge from the pressures of her new life. Then a tragic series of events leads the city fathers to condemnation proceedings on all the illegal storefronts lining Thirty-fifth Street. Trice's amazingly accomplished debut is filled with memorable characters and images as it lays open the hypocrisy of both the ghetto street preachers and Lakeland's founding fathers.