Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Set in west Philadelphia in the early sixties, Tempest Rising tells the story of three sisters, Bliss, Victoria, and Shern, budding adolescents raised in a world of financial privilege among the upper-black-class. But their lives quickly unravel as their father's lucrative catering business collapses. He disappears and is presumed dead, and their mother suffers an apparent breakdown. The girls are wrenched from their mother, and as the novel opens they are living in foster care in a working-class neighborhood in the home of Mae, a politically connected card shark. Though Mae is filled with syrupy names like "pudding" and "doll face" for the foster girls, she is abusive to her own child, Ramona, a twenty-something stunning beauty. As Ramona struggles with Mae's abuse and her own hatred for the foster children, she also tries to keep at bay a powerful attraction she has for her boyfriend's father. Diane McKinney-Whetstone richly evokes the early 1960s in west Philadelphia in this spicy story of loss and healing, redemption and love.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, HarperCollins,, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061876233
Characteristics: 1 online resource (288 pages)
Restrictions on Access: Access limited to subscribing institutions.

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joann1949 May 05, 2016

s a heart-wrenching story about the strength of family and the power of love. After their father's disappearance and their mother's breakdown, sisters Shern, Victoria, and Bliss are sent to a foster home to live with Ramona, a beautiful but hard woman, and her mother, Mae, whose sweetness to her foster children masks an abusive nature and a murderous secret. The girls' struggle to return home and Ramona's fight for control of her own life climax during a freak March snowstorm. With simple phrases and beautifully drawn characters, the author masterfully evokes the pain and fear of separation and the determination of people trying to get through one more day with their hope intact. A first-rate novel; highly recommended for all libraries

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