In 1975, Tempestt Saville and her family are chosen by lottery to "move on up" to Lakeland: one square mile of sparkling apartment towers and emerald lawns where the Black elite live sheltered from the ghetto by a ten-foot-tall, ivy-covered wrought-iron fence. Eleven-year-old Temmy doesn't enjoy the privilege, however, and thinks Lakeland is the "kingdom of the drab." Instead, she is drawn to the vivid world outside the fence: to 35th Street, where the saved and the sinners are both so "done up" you can't tell one from the other. Tempestt's curiosity soon leads her down a dangerous path, however, and after witnessing the death of a friend, she sets into motion a chain of events that will send 35th Street up in flames.
About the Author
Dawn Turner Trice, an editor for the Chicago Tribune, lives outside Chicago with her husband and daughter. She is at work on her second novel.
Praise for Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven…
"Dawn Turner Trice has written a magical, word-wise, utterly original novel of love and hate."
--Dallas Morning News
"A polished gem that shines from every angle, rich in rhythm, story, and characterization...A genuine delight."
--Washington Post Book World
"Touching and memorable."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Engrossing...Trice has woven an intricate, delicate web of a novel that disturbs, reveals, and satisfies."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven is universal fiction, gratifying and frightening."