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QPBC New Voices Award-winner Jervey Tervalon authors scintillating works of African-American fiction. Spellbinding, luminous, and richly atmospheric, Dead Above Ground tells the story of the wealthy Du Champs family of New Orleans. Helen, the matriarch, rules over her daughters Adele and Lita with an iron will. But Adele has fallen in love with smooth operator Lucien, who, unbeknownst to her, means to settle a decades-old score with her mother.
©2004 Jervey Tervalon (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

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"An urban masterpiece, a gritty, haunting West Side Story-esque ghetto epic of stunning violence yet overpowering beauty." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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  • Kathleen
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 11-03-12

Interesting story with unforgettable characters

This book grabbed my attention from the first few minutes of listening. I was hooked and enjoyed hearing the story unfold. The characters were strongly written and I was interested in their inter-relationships and back-stories. The author skillfully wove all of this information about the characters in without affecting the pacing of the plot in a negative away.There were many suspenseful moments throughout the book that kept me guessing. The end was satisfying and made me want to read the sequel without making me feel cheated by a cliff-hanger. Very well done.

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