Only Twice I’ve Wished for Heaven

Publisher: Anchor
In 1975, Tempestt Saville and her family are chosen by lottery to "move on up" to Lakeland: one square mile of sparkling apartment towers and emerald lawns where the Black elite live sheltered from the ghetto by a ten-foot-tall, ivy-covered wrought-iron fence.  Eleven-year-old Temmy doesn't enjoy the privilege, however, and thinks Lakeland is the "kingdom of the drab."  Instead, she is drawn to the vivid world outside the fence: to 35th Street, where the saved and the sinners are both so "done up" you can't tell one from the other.  Tempestt's curiosity soon leads her down a dangerous path, however, and after witnessing the death of a friend, she sets into motion a chain of events that will send 35th Street up in flames.


I was sixteen years old when I first set foot on Thirty-fifth Street and first saw Alfred Mayes. And when Child came that night, I knowed exactly what she saw while staring into his old devil eyes. I had saw it myself, lo them many years ago. Honey, them eyes could cast a spell. They invited you in. Told you to make...
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"Dawn Turner Trice has written a magical, word-wise, utterly original novel of love and hate."
--Dallas Morning News

"A polished gem that shines from every angle, rich in rhythm, story, and characterization...A genuine delight."
--Washington Post Book World

"Touching and memorable."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Engrossing...Trice has woven an intricate, delicate web of a novel that disturbs, reveals, and satisfies."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven is universal fiction, gratifying and frightening."
--Vibe Magazine