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About the Author
The author of the critically acclaimed novels Tumbling, Tempest Rising, Blues Dancing, Leaving Cecil Street, and Trading Dreams at Midnight, Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's Literary Award for Fiction, which she won twice. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband. For more on Diane McKinney-Whetstone please visit www.mckinney-whetstone.com or follow her on Twitter @Dianemckwh.
"A densely textured narrative that proves as rich and filling as a well-cooked meal. McKinney-Whetstone's remarkably skillful first effort should place her at the forefront of a generation of emerging African-American women novelists. McKinney-Whetstone is clearly a smart, careful writer who's created a page-turner of a novel with abundant style and irresistible charm."--Washington Post Book World
"An accomplished novel, with sharply drawn characters, exuberant prose, plenty of period detail and a wise, forgiving outlook on family life."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[A] beautifully written tale [and] a lyrical read."--USA Today
"[A] remarkable first novel. . . . The story probes beneath its residents' lives to tell a powerful tale of damage and healing."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)