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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Dawn Turner Trice  

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Born: 1948 in Peoria, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Dawn Turner Trice grew up in Chicago and is a Columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

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Titles At Your Library

An Eighth of August: A Novel
ISBN: 0385721471

Anchor. 2002

From the author of the highly acclaimed Only Twice I’ve Wished for Heaven, a new novel about the strong ties and haunting memories that bind family and friends in a small town.
Narrated by a chorus of voices, An Eighth of August tells the story of a Midwestern community that celebrates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation year after year. Celebrants from come near and far to pay tribute to the rich heritage of the former slaves who settled the Illinois town. But along with the festivities come painful memories and long-buried resentments, and while this year’s celebration is no different, it will offer up its own particular brand of freedom to one extended family and the wonderfully eccentric white woman whose life becomes entwined with their own. Wavering between the devastating and the uplifting, An Eighth of August is ultimately an enduring and exuberant novel.

Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven
ISBN: 1435242254

. 2008

Eleven-year-old girl Tempestt and her family are given what is considered the chance of a lifetime: to move on up to Lakeland.

It's a chance to leave behind the gritty neighborhood Tempestt has known throughout her entire life for one square mile of pristine beauty carved out of a Chicago ghetto and secured by a 10-foot-tall, ivy-covered, wrought iron fence.



Tempestt is quickly drawn to the streets beyond the fence, to a place of colorful, often dangerous, characters: 35th Street.

Here the saved and the sinners are both so "done-up" you can't tell one from the other: Alfred Mayes, the oily preacher and connoisseur of "fine young thangs," whose line is as smooth as honey and whose looks are twice as sweet

and Miss Jonetta, a former lady of the evening who knows everyone's stories, and whose own history is as long and dark as 35th Street itself.

Barely a month after moving to Lakeland, Tempestt will witness the death of friend, cause the arrest of a preacher, and start a chain of events that will send 35th Street up in flames.


Awards

-- Black Caucus Literary Awards, American Library Association, 1998, both for "Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven."