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There are other black communities with showcase homes and elegant lawns, but somehow making it into Linden Hills means "making it." Although no one knows what the precise qualifications are, everyone knows that only certain people get to live there-
and that they want to be among them.
Once people get to Linden Hills, the quest continues, more subtle, but equally fierce: the goal is a house on Tupelo Drive, the epitome of achievement and visable success. No one notices that the property on Tupelo Drive goes back on sale quickly; no one questions why there are always vacancies at Linden Hills.
The author worte Brewster Place. This is about a small African American town that has many secrets that need to be hidden, some of them could be deadly.
I've always enjoyed Gloria Naylor and she does not disappoint with Linden Hills. It's a great read.
I didn't know until after I'd read this that it's supposed to be a sort of modernized version of Dante's Inferno. It's interesting to compare the two works.