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Once Upon a Project

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Elyse, Susan, and Grace couldn't be happier when their friend Pat organizes a reunion for past residents of the Chicago housing project where they all grew up. It is, after all, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its opening, and like their long-ago home, the lifelong friends are also turning fifty. But none of them suspects the event will have life-altering changes. ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Dafina Books (first published 2008)
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It was ok on some parts but did not hold my interest.
Wendy Kendall
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
It’s an invitation to a different kind of reunion. Its 50 years since the opening of the Chicago housing project, and one of the former residents wants to celebrate their past community. Many of the former residents come, spanning generations. This book focuses primarily on four women who grew up in the project as best friends. They halfheartedly kept in sporadic contact as busy adults, and now reunite as each is turning 50 years old. Each woman faces this milestone with different challenges on ...more
Reader's Paradise
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Life is a mix of death, fun, friends, family, step children, ex’s, growth and change. For these four women of the twenty-two club (all born on the 22nd of the month) and made it from the projects and now living free throughout Chicago and its suburbs but are they really free?

Each one approaching or already has hit their fiftieth birthday these friends who once lived in the projects have moved on and living life, dealing with the challenges of it or are they? Newly being fifty I picked this audi
Nandi Crawford
I spent thirteen years of my early life in the projects, and it was interesting to say the least. I have a friend that used to live in the projects where I live get in touch with me about a year or so ago, and we keep in touch now. Anyhow, this book is about a set of friends who once lived in a Chicago housing project who reunited for a Reunion Luncheon. Each of the women did very well with themselves, and it talked about their lives and the choices made. One was an attorney and carried a torch ...more
Cindy Kester
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Four friends are reunited after attending a 50 year anniversary party for the project they lived in while growing up in Chicago, IL. They decided to reignite their friendship and it was about their loves and lives while turning 50. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would, a great read about friendship and the importance of it.
Jul 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
All part of my "read other cultures chick-lit" summer program

I liked this one quite a bit .... interesting take on life after growing up in the projects ...and on inter-racial relationships.

I'll probably pick up another of this author's books next time I'm at the library.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was such a quick read for me. At first, I thought that I would have a hard time keeping up with the different characters, but the author did a great job with keeping the story lines different. I wouldn't think twice about picking up another book by this author.
Not a bad read. Main characters were very immature and just plain dumb.
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