. . . though the block had long ago made the transition from white to colored to Negro to Black Is Beautiful, the city still provided street cleaning . . . when the children took to the outside and there was the familiar smack, smack of the double-Dutch rope. The sound was a predictable comfort. Like the sounds of the Corner Boys, a mildly delinquent lot consumed with pilfering Kool cigarettes or the feel of a virgin girl's behind. . . .
As she did in her previous novels Tumbling and Blues Dancing, Diane McKinney-Whetstone once again masterfully renders time and place, character and emotional intensities. It is 1969 and Cecil Street is "feeling some kind of way," so the residents decide to have two block parties this year. These energetic, sensual street celebrations serve as backdrops to the stories of the people on the block. Joe, a long-ago sax player, has turned his eye across the street to a newly arrived young southern beauty even as he is suddenly haunted by memories of his horn-playing nights and his affection for a shy, soft hooker from years ago. Joe's wife, Louise, a licensed practical nurse, is losing her teeth to gum disease and her joy to sensing that Joe's attention has wandered. Their teenage daughter, Shay, is consumed with helping her best friend and next-door neighbor Neet, who has gotten pregnant by a Corner Boy. Neet's mother, Alberta, is shunned by the block because of her immersion in a religion that has no name. As the novel opens, the first block party has ended and a naked woman has secretly taken up residence in Joe and Louise's cellar.
McKinney-Whetstone's superb gift for language and storytelling, for crafting scenes that leave the reader breathless, for distilling complex human emotion in a well-turned phrase, is on full display here. She portrays the community and the times with precision and compassion in an unforgettable story that gets under the skin. As the novel builds to the second block party, the past becomes as immediate as the present, condemnable acts become righteous, and what is tragic is also filled with hope.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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Leaving Cecil Street: A Novel – Ebook written by Diane McKinney-Whetstone. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Leaving Cecil Street: A Novel. However, their friendship will be tested when Neet becomes pregnant by one of the corner boys and Shay arranges an abortion that goes terribly wrong. To Shay's horror, Neet is left unable to bear children and embraces her mother's esoteric yet sometimes impractical religious beliefs as punishment for her sins.
Diane McKinney-Whetstone. The two girls eventually choose their own separate paths. Leaving Cecil Street invokes those things that are most important - family, friendship, and love. In one West Philadelphia neighborhood, families come together in celebration of unity and togetherness. Their block parties provide a union that serves as a backdrop for discovering the truth about themselves and the people they think they know. Diane McKinney-Whetstone. Noon and Herbie are deeply in love and living in a tightly knit African American neighborhood in South Philadelphia during the 1940s.
Leaving Cecil Street book. I loved how all their lives were intertwined before and after Cecil Street. Diane McKinney-Whetstone is definitely a good read. Mar 14, 2011 Nicole Falls rated it really liked it. In one West Philadelphia neighborhood, families come together.
Leaving Cecil Street : a novel. Leaving Cecil Street : a novel. by. McKinney-Whetstone, Diane. African American teenage girls, African American families, Teenage pregnancy, Abortion. New York : William Morrow.
Leaving Cecil Street - Diane McKinney-Whetstone. McKinney-Whetstone has developed characters in layers and present life situations to the reader in such a delicate way. I would say this is a refined, well paced, and well put together story. Part One. Chapter 1. CECIL STREET WAS FEELING some kind of way in 1969. Safely tucked away in the heart of West Philadelphia, this had always been a charmed block. A pleasure to walk through the way the trees lined the street from end to end and made arcs when they were in full leaf. McKinney-Whetstone went to the heart of women. She dealt with our multi-faceted insecurities in Louise and Alberta.
The Cecil Street neighborhood closes ranks to protect the girls (and the .
The Cecil Street neighborhood closes ranks to protect the girls (and the abortionist) from the police. Some of this is heard though not understood by an old homeless woman, Deucie, hiding in Joe’s basement. Heartfelt fourth from McKinney-Whetstone (Blues Dancing, 1999, et., who has a true talent for strong characters, effortlessly natural dialogue, and prose that flows. Pub Date: April 1st, 2004. Leaving Cecil Street. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.
In one West Philadelphia neighborhood, families come together in celebration of unity and togetherness.
Diane McKinney-Whetstone (born August 14, 1953) is an African American author and is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Creative Writing program faculty. Her works of fiction have won numerous awards, including the BCALA Literary Award for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. in 2005 and 2009.