| 1st ed.
Baker & Taylor
In the African American community of East Liberty, Chris "Crest" Tolbert, left paralyzed following a recent accident, struggles to come to terms with the implications of his injuries and with the loss of his best friend in the same accident.
Blackwell North Amer
It is the early autumn of 1998, and the neighborhood of East Liberty is a community in crisis. Long beset by poverty and gang violence, it is now on the brink of being cut off from the rest of the city by the opening of a new expressway.
Caught in the middle of the events is the Tolbert family, whose youngest son, Chris (nicknamed Crest), has recently returned home from the hospital after a horrible accident that has claimed the use of his legs and the life of his best friend. Now Crest must begin the task of putting his life back together and repairing his relationship with Vanessa, his estranged girlfriend and the mother of his child, whose night-school class is bringing her to the threshold of a wider world. Crest's older brother Eugene, an ex-con turned born-again Christian, is facing down the temptations of his troubled past as he tries to save the younger brother of a fallen friend from being claimed by the unending cycle of urban violence. And their parents, Jackie and Harold, must confront their own crisis - a crisis of the heart - as Harold's passion for a newfound lover threatens to tear the family apart.
O'Nan binds together the stories of the Tolbert family with the stories of the people of East Liberty, creating a brilliantly rendered portrait of a community and its hopes and fears, memories and dreams.
In the African-American community of East Liberty, Chris "Crest" Tolbert, an eighteen-year-old boy left paralyzed following a recent accident, struggles to come to terms with the long-term implications of his injuries and with the loss of his best friend in the same accident, while, around him, family, friends, and neighbors deal with the hard realities of everyday life. 40,000 first printing.
New York : Grove Press, c2001.
295 p. ; 22 cm.