Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Uptown Review-Words of Inspiration Book Club

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In Uptown, a prominent Harlem family is forced to deal with the issues that were done in the dark and have come to the public light. Avery Lyons abandoned New York and her family in an effort to runaway from the skeletons in the family closet. Avery is forced back to New York after twenty years to face the demons of her past. She will be forced to swallow a big girl pill to deal with all of the family drama from the past as well as the new family drama that seems to materialize on a daily basis with her cousin, Dwight Dixon.

Dwight sits atop the Harlem real estate throne is father King carved out years ago. Dwight wants nothing more than to step from the long shadows his father has cast and create a name for himself in the real estate world. But at what cost? Dwight wants to change the façade of Harlem by selling his soul to the devil, throwing folks under the bus and offering sacrificial lambs for slaughtering. Dwight’s “by any means necessary” attitude might cause the empire that he dreams of to come crashing down before it is made a reality.

Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant do not disappoint in this drama filled thriller. DeBerry and Grant clearly illustrate the cutthroat world of Manhattan real estate and the tension and turbulence that this world can bring to families trying to get a slice of that American pie. While Avery searches for her identity, Dwight begins to lose his. DeBerry and Grant do a fine job of artistically crafting these characters and the supporting characters that bring Avery and Dwight to life from the pages. DeBerry and Grant deliver with their usual grace, humor, style and eye to detail. Uptown is a read not to be missed by old fans or new

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