Only twice I've wished for heaven: a novel

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Crown Publishers, 1996 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Eleven-year-old girl Tempestt and her family are given what is considered the chance of a lifetime: to move on up to Lakeland. It's a chance to leave behind the gritty neighborhood Tempestt has known throughout her entire life for one square mile of pristine beauty carved out of a Chicago ghetto and secured by a 10-foot-tall, ivy-covered, wrought iron fence. Tempestt is quickly drawn to the streets beyond the fence, to a place of colorful, often dangerous, characters: 35th Street. Here the saved and the sinners are both so "done-up" you can't tell one from the other: Alfred Mayes, the oily preacher and connoisseur of "fine young thangs," whose line is as smooth as honey and whose looks are twice as sweet; and Miss Jonetta, a former lady of the evening who knows everyone's stories, and whose own history is as long and dark as 35th Street itself. Barely a month after moving to Lakeland, Tempestt will witness the death of friend, cause the arrest of a preacher, and start a chain of events that will send 35th Street up in flames.

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Review: Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven

User Review  - Tiffany - Goodreads

I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's something about African American writing that makes me like it more than anything else I'll ever read. It has more soul, somehow. Grit. Heart. Verve ... Read full review

Review: Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven

User Review  - Raven - Goodreads

This had to be the saddest book I've ever read. I felt wore out afterward almost like I was haunted by the characters. Really good read Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Dawn Turner Trice is an editor at the Chicago Tribune and was a participant of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  She lives in Monee, Illinois.