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Uptown: A Novel

A book by Virginia DeBerry

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  • Sep 6, 2010
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This is a good look at gentrification and real estate in New York, Harlem to be specific.It is also a sign of the economic times. Who can one trust, if not family. The twists and turns will surprise you It moved slowly at times but is a good read.

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DeBerry and Grant (Exposures) continue both their ongoing love affair with Harlem and the story of the Dixon real estate empire in this smart and compelling tale of how selfishness and avarice can destroy a family's work and reputation. Dwight Dixon takes the reins from his elderly father, King Dixon, moving the family real estate holdings to the big-time New York stage with the development of Dixon Plaza on Central Park North, a controversial development aimed at transforming Harlem. But problems abound: defective Chinese drywall, cheap fixtures and myriad changes to the project. Then Dwight's cousin, Avery Lyons, returns to tend to the affairs of her dead mother and an uneasy and disturbing past is revealed that causes the empire to crumble. DeBerry and Grant capture timely and increasingly universal themes with this dramatic, epic and often tragic story of triumph and failure. New York and Harlem come alive and the occasional stereotypical characters and a few contrived situations are minor quibbles with a novel that is both relevant and entertaining(Mar.)
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ISBN-10: 1439137765
ISBN-13: 978-1439137765
Author: Virginia DeBerry
Publisher: Touchstone

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