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Berkley Books, 1998 - Fiction - 289 pages
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125th Street. Strivers' Row. Cellar speakeasies filled with jazz and bootleg. It was here in the Harlem of the 1920s that a poor preacher's daughter arrived from rural Florida, determined to reinvent herself and marry a rich man to become part of the urban aristocracy. But when her penniless cousin showed up on the scene, Geneva found herself trapped between her tattered roots and her glittering dreams -- and to proclaim her true self proudly would be to risk it all.

This novel marks the arrival of a new literary talent skilled at weaving historical detail, beautiful prose, and compelling story into a powerful tale of deceptions and dreams.

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A re-creation of the Harlem Renaissance, Riley's novel paints a vivid portrait of that famous neighborhood in its heyday, when jazz bands, bootleggers, and the Cotton Club thrived. Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Riley is a former advertising vice-president-turned-television writer. His sitcom credits include Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Benson.

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