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Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She's accepted that her future won't be what she'd dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. That took courage. It's also unforgivable.
When Penelope moves into the attic apartment of the affluent Harpers, she thinks she's found a semblance of family—and maybe even love. But her world is upended again when she receives a postcard from Mirella asking for reconciliation. As old wounds are reopened, and secrets revealed, a journey across an ocean of sacrifice and self-discovery begins.
An engrossing debut, Halsey Street shifts between the perspectives of these two captivating, troubled women. Mirella has one last chance to win back the heart of the daughter she'd lost long before leaving New York, and for Penelope, it's time to break free of the hold of the past and start navigating her own life.
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By KT on 01-10-18
Hard to like...
Bahni Turpin was amazing as always. Her narration made this a worthwhile purchase. the story, however, seemed unfinished. Penelope was hard to like...hard to feel sympathy for a girl like her. On the other hand, she has a difficult upbringing which seemed destined because her parents had never been "parented" themselves. I'd recommend because it's an interesting an complex story. Just wish there was more of a redemption for Penelope in the end.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By juju on 05-03-18
This is a story of a bitter daughter of divorced parents who finally realizes its her time to grow up and forgive. There are moments of literary beauty but the story is one you’ve heard before.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful