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Lita: A Novel
In this sequel to his acclaimed "urban masterpiece" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), the national bestseller Dead Above Ground, Jervey Tervalon's unforgettable heroine, Lita Du Champ, is at loose ends, trying to hold house and home together. Ten years after she, her husband, their children, and her twin sisters moved to Los Angeles, the past comes back to haunt her. An unwelco ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Washington Square Press
(first published 2003)
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Lita - the strong, in your face, make no excuses female character is to be liked. There were more humorous scenes in this novel as compared to "Dead Above Ground". For example: When Lita slaps Aunt Dot so hard it sends her to the ground (she deserved it). Throwing the oyster loaf all around the hospital room and the nurse having to break it up (page 136-137) FUNNY, or at the funeral when it's revealed that Gloria (Stepmother) has a will claiming ownership of the house, but rather than confront G ...more
The first part of Lolita was a bit of a struggle for me to get through. I almost gave up on it, but it picks up as the story progresses when she returns to New Orleans. Lita isn't your typical main character, and in my opinion, she had a few too many unlikeable traits, but I ended up still pulling for her. Not something I'd pick up again but not a waste of time either.