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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Herz Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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All fire escapes lead back to the same block in Sugar Hill, Harlem—where kids run through hydrants and music blares from stereos plugged into lampposts. When a new resident (the story’s unnamed narrator) notices the trash polluting the picturesque streets and tainting his block’s beauty, he is spurred to action. However, his best intentions go awry when the cleanup brings media coverage that, in turn, sets off a rash of evictions and an influx of affluent tenants. In an attempt to preserve his neighborhood, he mobilizes a grassroots effort to improve matters from the inside out.

Realizing he has yet again polluted his reality with unintended consequences, his fight to clean up the block evolves into a quest to cleanse his soul. The choices he makes cannot change the past or the secrets that haunt him, but they will alter the future for himself, his family … and the last block in Harlem.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 2/20/2014

    " A well-written and engaging story. Couldn't put it down. I like novels that make you think about how people interract with each other and the effect they have on the world around them. We all want to make a difference. We'd like the world to be a little more perfect - the way we think it should be. Christopher Herz does an excellent job of portraying the life of a very self-focused man who wants to do just that. But, sometimes, when we try to solve other people's problems, we make more problems for them and ourselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amie | 2/13/2014

    " It was just OK...there was room to make it more interesting--but it never played out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeri | 2/12/2014

    " A young man and his wife return to his roots, a block in Harlem where he writes and she goes to work as an architect. Yuppies, not in their own mind. When he sees the neighborhood is "trashy" he goes to work, sweeping it up. But his good intentions get caught up with ambitions to change Harlem to an area of affluency and he becomes a part of it -- for a while. Once he and the people on the block realize what's happening, they try to turn things around with one unintended result - the accidental death of his wife. His despair and what happens to him and his neighbors is the "suspense" part of the book -- totally unexpected ending. Great characters and I really got involved in what happens to the last block in harlem, rooting that it survives its roots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Holly Cline | 2/7/2014

    " Liked it. Didn't love it. But it's always cool to read things about your own neighborhood regardless of the differing ideologies that the author and I have. "

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