Chasing The 400

Chasing The 400

by Sheilah Vance


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ISBN-13: 9780978685409
Publisher: Elevator Group, The
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Sheilah Vance lives in Paoli, Pennsylvania and maintains a law practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chasing the 400, her first novel, was the first selection of the African American Museum of Philadelphia Book Club. Vance has a B.A. in Communications from Howard University, where she majored in journalism, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She also works as Executive Director of the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity in Washington, DC, a nonprofit that focuses on public school finance research, education and training issues. Vance teaches Education Law at Villanova University Law School, where she previously was Assistant Dean for Academic Support and a legal writing professor. Vance had a successful career as a journalist and editor before graduating from law school. Her next novel, Land Mines, has a January 2009 publication date. The publishing company she runs, The Elevator Group, will also publish two new authors in 2009.

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Chasing The 400 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
kimreadthis on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Decent story, but too much going on (some political stuff at the end that was added on rather sloppily).Vera is an African-American woman on the Main Line, trying to break into the bourgeoisie in Philadelphia. She tries to marry in, scheming to find her man. She works as a clothes model in a black department store.
Chickfilady More than 1 year ago
The oldest of ten children Vera longs to get out. She dreams about being a part of the elite 400 who live in the upper part of town. Why should they look down on her for being the daughter of a plumber? She is just as good as them. And she knows how to flaunt that. Her goal is to make it out of the Main Line as quickly as possible and she is willing to do anything to get her ticket out. Vera's brother Bobby hopes college will be his ticket out. HIs hard work and good grades should take him far--or so he hopes. He too dreams of a life outside the small community his family lives in. Author Sheliah Vance describes life in the 1950s of Philadelphia of this African American family and the social system of their world. Funny, yet at times poignant, Vance pulls you into this world and persuades even the reader to want to rise above their station in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a beautifull debut novel full of warmth and humor
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading your book very much. I'm a resident of West Phila. for over 50th years. I'm a Holocust Survivor and understand Racism on both sides. Your book is refreshing, well written. Hope you will write a sequal to this one. Good Luck, and Best Wishes
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chasing the 400 tells the story of Vera, an energetic and ambitious young lady, facing her future after graduating from high school in the 1950s. Vera's various fortunes and misfortunes recall a time for us all when lofty, youthful expectations bump up against the real world. Her family's support helps buffer her through bad times, but Vera must uncover life's lessons on her own. Vera's story is an engaging and enjoyable find.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Several of my friends who read the book said they couldn't put it down. A couple were so into the characters that they want to know what happens next. I think the book accurately and hilarously captures a particular black middle class Philadlephia suburban community and part of black Philadelphia in the 1950's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book. Chasing the 400 revisits our past. It calls to mind good and bad from that time. The bad is obvious. The good shows how important our family, our dress and our social behavior are and help to form who we become and how we live out our lives. And how hope, want and need unite to bring about a change in our society.