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Tempest Rising / Edition 1
     

Tempest Rising / Edition 1

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by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
 

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ISBN-10: 0688166407

ISBN-13: 2900688166402

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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

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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.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 thefoster 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.

Author Biography:

Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the author of the national bestseller Tumbling. A native of Philadelphia whose father served two terms as a Pennsylvania stare senator, she grew up in a close-knit family with five sisters and one brother, attending public schools and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in English. She is a regular contributor to Philadelphia Magazine and her work has appeared in Essence and the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine; She has received numerous awards, including a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, Discipline Winner in the Pew Fellowship on the Arts, the Zora Neale flurston Society Award for creative contribution to litera-ture, a Citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for her portrayal of urban family life as presented in Tumbling, Author of the Year Award from the national Go On Girl Book Club, and more. She has participated regularly in the intensive Rittenhouse Writer's Workshops and reaches fiction writing at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband, Greg, and teenage twins outside Philadelphia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900688166402
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Quill
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288

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Tempest Rising 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are interesting and woven into an excellent story tale set in Black Philadelphia in the 1960's.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book establishes a sense of family love; it exposes the ties that blood relatives have with one another, whether or not they choose to acknowlege it. I thought it was highly entertaining; I liked sixtie's setting, and I appreciated the vivid descriptions of the characters as well as the setting. All of the characters had their own unique personality-that's what makes this book worthwhile. With a heartwarming ending, it'll almost make you cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thumbs up for Ms. Whetstone. Tempest Rising was a compelling story of 'to have loved and lost'. She captured the souls of the characters. A profound look at the love that existed between Clarisa and her daughters versus the hate that transpired between Mae and Ramona. The story makes you take a glimpse of what our social services are like for our children. I felt like I was sitting on a park bench watching every scene. Whetstone's vividness and clarity was remarkable. I would recommend this novel to all readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BECAUSE IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diane McKiney-Whetstone did it again. This is a love story. Not in the boy meets girl context but in the family honor context. Concentrated in the city of Philadelphia in the 60's, Diane writes about the love one family has for one another and the steps they go through to keep the family together. She shows us that anything worth having is worth working hard for whether you have to fight the law or an individual.