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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  153 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews

Uptown . . . where money rules

Uptown . . . where ambition trumps tradition

Uptown . . . where politics come before everything

Uptown . . . where a family’s secrets will bring them together—or down

After twenty years away, Avery Lyons returns to New York when her mother and uncle suffer a serious car accident. The tragedy brings the family together, bu

Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Touchstone (first published 2010)
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Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
BFF's for more than 25 years and New York Times bestselling author Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant have graciously brought us another authentic and heart-wrenching novel filled with truth, lies, demons, secrets and family. Uptown, their seventh novel will be available for purchase March 2nd and is sure to be a New York Times bestseller and at the top of many wish lists.

Uptown tells the story of Dwight Dixon, the perfect man for any woman or so she thinks. On first look, Dwight fits the bill. H
Vacirca Vaughn
Jun 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Okay, so I'm an avid reader who reads up between 3-5 novels a week depending on my schedule. It took me several weeks to complete this one. I have to say I am surprised. I love Ms. DeBerry and Ms. Grant's work. I have read all of their previous novels. However, this one was the first novel I have read in a very long time that I was forced to put down, read something else, try again, put it back down, read another thing, than try again. I only finished it because I have never met a book I haven't ...more
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slow start, but finally made a point....
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Better than I expected. Really good read.
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty friggin amazing like everything else from these authors. Wow.
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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Tracy Darity
Great writing doesn’t always equate to a great story. Authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant, no doubt, are at the top of the list when it comes to their craft. Uptown, simply fell short for me in terms of being a great story. I must say, it was refreshing to read because unlike some stories of late, it actually aroused my senses and made me realize I need to challenge my reading acumen, a little more. The book was given to me and since I had not read anything by the DeBerry/Grant team in quit ...more
Amanda Morgan
Jul 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Dwight Dixon is on the verge of making a life-altering business deal that will please his overbearing father for once in his life. The only thing stopping him is the sale of a piece of crucial property owned by his aunt. He finally gets her to agree to a price, then days later she dies suddenly, in “Uptown.”
Dixon has spent his life being criticized by his father, “King” who made a name for himself in the Harlem real estate community, and King expects Dwight to be as successful, or more so, tha
Dionna Johnson
Confusing from the start and I didnt have the time to figure it out or keep going.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Sometimes when you've been reading an author for awhile, you start to know their formula, and although they don't do anything groundbreaking, you stay with them just because. This is not true for these two ladies. That isn't true in this case. DeBerry and Grant aren't cookie cutter writers and their story telling gets better and better with each book (if that is even possible). Uptown is a story of family, and power, and community. Dwight Dixon, a well known politician and developer in Harlem wa ...more
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Greater Expectations

Sometimes our expectations of family members exceed their character and the result is disappointment and frustration. Such is the case in “Uptown.” Cousins Avery and Dwight are both interested in a piece of property but for very different reasons. Dwight wants to use the property to fulfill his father’s dream of building a high-rise development. Avery is ready to sell her portion of the property until she learns unsettling information. The old adage “blood is thicker than wa
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The book started out slow for me - I didn't like Dwight, I couldn't work up any sympathy for the poor little real estate developer. I started to think that if the book was about him - I was just not so interested.

Thankfully, I was more in sync with the authors than I first realized. When Avery turned up, I realized where the book was going - and it was all voracious reading from there on out. Thankfully, the book reads like water, I ripped through it in a couple of evenings (including staying up
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Won this in the first reads giveaway. I was really up in the air on this book. It started out really slow and I had no idea where this was going. I had a hard time reading it. The more I read the more I liked it. It was very different from any of the books that I have read lately, but I was pleasantly surprised by the end. I would give it a 3.5, but since I can't I will give it the benefit.

First of all the authors impressed me. Gotta stick with my fellow plus sized girls. They both signed the b
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Avery Lyons returns to New York after twenty years away. When her mother and uncle suffer a serious car accident. The tradegy brings the family together, but Avery is not happy about the last minute reuniion. The Harlem of heer childhood has changed. But the family dynamic and secrets are all to familiar. Dwight is heir to a real estate empire, and he is willing to do anything to realize his aging and demanding fathers dream: Dixon plaza a luxury high -rise development on central park north. The ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a rich story, written by two authors whose work I've followed since I was a child. My mother actually bought me their first book when I was about thirteen.

The story is rich in detail and moves at a slow pace, so early on I felt bored by it. It's not exactly a summer read. As I got more involved with it, I appreciated the pace, the weaving of history into the present and the characters. I especially love how they brought New York-particularly Harlem to life on the page. I have never been
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
My actual rating is 4.5 stars. The extremely talented storytelling duo of bestselling authors, Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant, team up again for Uptown, their seventh novel. A unexpected and engaging blend of family lies , control, power, greed, and demons. Uptown is an interesting novel. The added bonus for me, was listening to this story via an Audible Audio Edition - which is actually narrated by the authors, giving a true sense of their intent.

Uptown is a story that centralizes around the
Claire Wessel
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as it had some romance to it without the graphic details. That quality is something I look for a lot but don't find very often. It wasn't a life changing book, but a nice relaxing read with a fun story full of ups and downs. Apparently the characters have made appearances in other books by these authors and I'm interested enough to read some of their other books now. I'd definitely recommend the book as a good story when you are reading to relax instead of reading to be chall ...more
Carolyn Alleyne
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
These are my favorite authors of the moment as their stores are real and relatable. This book is a little deeper and a little more intense than some of the others I've read in their collection but still pretty good. The story is one of redemption and hope and getting past broken trust. Even in our own families, sometimes people do us wrong, family doesn't mean immunity from hurt and pain, and sometimes that's worse than when you experience it with a stranger but once we can get past it, we can m ...more
Jacqueline Luckett
My first read by these two writers. Interesting story of a woman who returns home to Harlem, the changes she sees and the changes her real estate developer cousin is trying to make. Alternating POVs. Enjoyable, fast read. DeBerry and Grant have written 7 novels! I’d read more by these authors.
Michele Grant
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
Really smart writing told from multiple points of view. Great tale of loving and living in Harlem. Excellent view of family dynamics. I truly enjoyed it. Check it out!
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I did not really like it. Not what I expected and did not have the fairytale ending that I like. I only kept reading because of the good reviews.
Letesa Campbell
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not enough drama really it was kind of boring.
Bettye Griffin
A well-written book, but I just couldn't get into it...
May 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was a very slow read from beginning, all the way to the very end for me.
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aafiction
Not feeling the characters and it seems a bit too phoo-phoo. Still reading it and hoping it will get better.

Jada Prater
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot.
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Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This book started off very slow. I was half way through the book before it seemed to pick up.
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