Halsey Street

Halsey Street

Large Print - 2018
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"After her mother, Mirella, abandoned her family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic, Penelope Grand moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. When she receives a postcard from Mirella seeking reconciliation, old wounds are reopened, secrets revealed, and a journey across an ocean of sacrifice and self-discovery begins"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018
ISBN: 9781683248439
1683248430
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cos
Description: 477 pages (large print) ; 22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Feb 28, 2019

I really liked this one. Solid story arc, intriguing primary characters, vivid (and complicated) settings, straightforward writing. My one complaint is that some of the secondary characters, particularly the gentrifying hipsters, skewed stereotypical. And given that a major theme of the book is coming to terms with the gentrification of a beloved neighborhood, more complexity in this area would have made for a stronger story.

KatieD_KCMO Sep 18, 2018

I was drawn to this book because the plot is driven by the issue of gentrification and the collateral damage it does to communities of color. For me though, the character development and writing fell flat and distracted me. This book could have benefited from some stronger editing and a more concise storyline. It's trying to center on too many things: gentrification, mother-daughter relationships, caring for ailing parents, looking for meaningful work/career, struggling artists, etc. It was all over the place. I'd say give this a shot, but if you try it and feel the same way I did, try Inheritance from Mother by Minae Mizumura. I've yet to find another novel that addresses gentrification the way Halsey Street does, but when I do, I'll add it here.

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