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Good Fences

Erika Ellis

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ISBN 10: 0609000209 / ISBN 13: 9780609000205
Published by Random House Value Publishing
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Title: Good Fences

Publisher: Random House Value Publishing

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VERY GOOD

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In this exciting novel, an upwardly mobile black family moves to the affluent suburbs--with dramatic,
sexy, funny, and provocative results.
Mabel Turner, born and raised in the small and all-black town of Lovejoy, Illinois, meets and marries Tom Spader, a driven man,
who shares her dreams of the good life. Together they flee Lovejoy, Tom becomes a successful attorney at a prestigious law firm, and eventually
they move to Greenwich, Connecticut. At first, life in the elite suburb is like paradise--they seem to have finally knocked down the fences between
themselves and the white American dream. But soon they discover that some of the highest fences are the ones they cannot see. The kids act up and out,
and Mabel feels she has to hide who she really is, secreting Jet magazine under her fancy new sofa cushions and serving expensive gourmet cookies
to the other PTA mothers. In the novel's startling climax, these problems are        suddenly overshadowed by the very odd behavior of Mabel's
neighbors, and of Tom, too.
               Fresh, illuminating, and written in a captivating voice, Good Fences introduces a strong new fiction talent, with a can't-put-it-down story.

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"Erika Ellis's outstanding debut novel, Good Fences, depicts post-Civil Rights Movement America in sharp, witty, but always compassionate prose. . . .
Ellis deftly reveals the soul toll that comes with being First Black Family on the Block. Good Fences crackles with a powerful mix of honesty,
pain, and redemptive humor."
--Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia

"What's most refreshing about Erika Ellis's strong first novel is not just its sly wit, or the cool precision of her prose, but the frank discussion
about race that takes place on her finely crafted pages. . . . Good Fences memorably explores the ravages of racism, and the shadows it casts on one
picture-perfect upper-class African-American family struggling for survival in the lonely exile of an affluent all-White American suburb."
--Helen Schulman, author of The Revisionist

"Good Fences is an absolutely brilliant debut novel. It takes us on an almost embarrassingly intimate journey into the consciousness of its characters
that is, at once, hilarious and heartbreaking. Erika Ellis is the freshest new voice in American literature."
--Kasi Lemmons, writer and director of Eve's Bayou

"The Spaders' social climb gives us a version of Black upper-middle-class life that is simultaneously hilarious and poignant. Ellis does a wonderful
job in portraying the psychic cost of their admission ticket."
--Benilde Little, author of Good Hair

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