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Trading Christmas hCind my application and let it burn Copy provided by Open Road Media via Netgalley FencesEven at the university big stone fences and why The gates are open so it s not to keep anybody out or in Why fencesTo get you used to the idea that what theyave in there is different special Something to be separated from the rest of the world They get you thinking fences man don t you see it Then when they ve fenced you in from six years old till you re twenty six they can let you out because you re ready to believe that what they ve given you up ere their version of life is special And you fence your own self in after that protecting it from everybody else out there Gloria Naylor s Linden Hills is a truly sharp and discerning glimpse into the modern day class ierarchy embedded within black culture Within the exploration of this uest for upward mobility and affluence this novel featured some of the most true to life dialogue since Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye and biting social commentary that rang so insightfully and authentically that it could only be true not to mention witty enough to make me laugh out loud at the sheer truth and reality in it Written and set in the mid 1980s the societal reflections Pride here were absolutely superb truly bordering on Southern Gothicism in the way that each explored the s and values of this society at times even based in the South This elementonestly made this novel and was the foundation from which the rest of the plot was built I wasn t expecting the Gothic elements at play ere so that was definitely an added delight In fact Linden Hills models itself as a play off of the classic Dante s Inferno with each street further and further down the ill of the neighborhood being and sought after and also and corrupt That was a truly clever play on Naylor s part and lent so many added dimensions to this novel as the main characters descended further and further into the neighborhood For me reading Linden Hills was often like sitting back at Isotopic Carbon home in our old kitchen 20 years ago listening to the grown folk shoot the breeze and discuss their woes over Bundt cake it felt likeome and the authenticity of the subject matter and characters reactions to it felt like warm arms surrounding me as I descended into Naylor s version of Dante s The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) hellish Inferno with them Here our main protagonists are Willie Mason and Lester Tilson two 20 year old poets and best friends one from the wrong side of the street and the other just barely inside the gates of Linden Hillsimself who get a lesson in what class lines mean to people in this neighborhood Over the few days leading up to Christmas Willie and Lester stare into the various faces of agony the people in Linden Hills try to Step Out of Your Story hide Watching them as they go about their lives they begin to understand the motivations that keep them all in the rat race that is keeping up with the Joneses Lester who lives in Linden Hillsas already seen the inner workings of the neighborhood the attitudes of its residents and the lies they cloak themselves in thus The Eyes of the Dead he takes these lessons that Willie is busy learning for granted in facte teeters throughout the book with being bored with such observations to as the novel progresses railing against them because those very motivations that drive the Lindenites are also what keep im on the periphery of it all neither fitting into their molds nor residing on the right street within Linden Hills It is in this way that Gloria Naylor illustrates not only the racial lines but the class prejudices between us all using the literal analogy of who s from the right side of the street and who s not making the class lines drawn throughout this neighborhood both topographically and societally based As they tear back the mask of Linden Hills Willie and Lester begin to formulate their own theories on what shapes the world around them You know my grandmother called it selling the mirror in your soulI guess she meant giving up that part of you that lets you know who you areSo you keep that mirror and when it s crazy outside you look inside and you ll always know exactly where you are and wat you are And you call that peaceThese people ave lost that Willie They ve lost all touch with what it is to be them Because there s not a damned thing inside any to let them know In tackling these major themes Naylor also elegantly delves into social issues from the often fragile bonds of marriage to the separation of college educated black women from their counterparts to the line between acting white and acting black among other themes He would Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles have found the comments thate was trying to be white totally bizarre Being white was the furthest thing from ABC his mind sincee spent every waking moment trying to be no color at all I ll admit that the writing style vexed me at times usually at a crescendo of activity near the end of a chapter My one note of criticism Odd Man In here is that it read as if Naylor was trying tooard to be lyrical and it didn t flow effortlessly In fact those moments in the novel often read as disjointed and convoluted and I ad to reread several of those passages for comprehension view spoilerI also thought that the ultimate climax of the novel the fire that really brought the theme of Dante s Inferno to the foreground was rushed and wasn t leant nearly the amount of time and care as passages of far lesser importance earlier in the novel was absolutely a "Missed Opportunity Because The "opportunity the is what resonates with readers not to mention this particular ending would ave been the cherry on top of otherwise beautifully Gothic undertones in Linden Hills Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children hide spoiler Success is one of the most popular topics of the modern era This is a world populated with selfelp books that will elp you start your new business spend your money wiser change your mindset so that it s better than those around you eat a plant based diet among other things What these books as well as images of success scattered on Social Media don t often show you is the suffering that can accompany success The traps that await you once you make it Until you read Linden HillsLinden Hills Is A Black Community That Hills is a Black community that ran by the Nedeed family but we are given a tour of this community through a brief snapshot of lives of Willie aka White and Lester aka Shit Through White Shit we meet all kinds of characters who are thriving suffering fronting stunting and much Through Linden we see a version of Black Power politics not often written about in African American Literature Black Financial Power We see the mindset that accompanies it The sacrifices the discipline the impact the studiousness the tragedies All while Willie Lester are just trying to ustle enough money to buy their loved ones or those they are trying to impresslove on some Christmas giftsLinden Hills is worth reading for scathing critiue Gloria Naylor gives the Black Bourgeoisie as well as the Shameful humor For theumanity offered to those who she critiues for the view into the world of making it while Black in America It makes you wonder if those who make it are doing it for themselves or are they doing it for those around themAfter all when I was reading this I did say to myself This novel reminds me of Instagram Don t forget to participate in my 10Books10Decades Challenge This is my first entry and this is my book of the 1980sClick on the link for information on the 10Books10Decades Challenge The reason i love this book besides the fact it is written by my favorite author is that it provides a class gender race dialogue to dante s inferno in a way that easier to understand than the classic novel The parallels between Dante s spiral into ell and the books exploration into Linden Hills are at the forefront of the novel It gives you a perspective into the mind of ow African American thought mixes with the so called traditional literary canonsthe end is sort of dull although it is chuck full of action the fire next time Back when I was in university I believe that was about 5 minutes ago I Sacred Landscapes had a young professor who launched the first African American Women s Literature at Western It was a seminar course and I couldn t wait until my 4th year when I d be able to take it And then when I got there it was offered in the same semester as another one I d committed to and I couldn t take it I was devastated but the prof gave meis syllabus so I could read along and that s Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, how I was introduced to Gloria Naylor The book was Mama Day and it was breathtaking I ve since read it two times along with Bailey s Cafe The Women of Brewster Place and the Men of Brewster Place But the one book Iave on my shelf that I d never read was Linden Hills You don t Gold Rush have to sell your soul to live in Linden Hills says the tagline on the cover you give it away piece by piece It s the story of aousing development built overlooking the cotton fields that once were filled with African American slaves The development is occupied by African Americans who Girl Reporter have come from all over America just to try to get a piece of this property a way of showing that they ve made it in the world andave overcome their pasts and it s owned by a man named Luther Nedeed and every generation s Luther Hunted has a son whome names Luther so the property always remains in the same name Just reading the introduction I thought to myself Oh Gloria Gingerbread Heart how I ve missed you Every word is like poetry everyurt that someone feels is like a dagger through your own eart She knows ow to scrape the absolute bottom that Biz Talk-2 humanity can reach and yet show something beautiful in it From the long introduction where we read an epic tale of the Nedeed family culminating in the present day Luther making a drastic move becausee believes Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, his wifeas been unfaithful to A Historical Atlas of Tibet him to the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern characters Willie and Lester who are making their way through Linden Hills in the week leading up to Christmas doing odd jobs for folks in an effort to save money for Christmas and thus moving in and out of all the other individual stories to theistory professor who s devoted The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, his life to studying the social effects of living in Linden Hills to the families of Linden Hills who moved there for a better life and found themselves drowning in it this is such a sad beautiful book It s not uplifting and there s very littleope eked out of these pages but it s a book that will resonate with you long after you ve finished. Rty on Tupelo Drive goes back on sale uickly; no one uestions why there are always vacancies at Linden HillsIn a resonant novel that takes as its model Dante's Inferno Gloria Naylor reveals the truth about the American dream that the price of success may very well be a journey down to the lowest circle of Italian Warships Of World War II he. Come look listen and perhaps you will learnow to turn the memory of our iron chains into gold chains The cotton fields that broke your grandparents backs can cover yours in gabardineFrom LINDEN HILLS by Gloria Naylor 1985Crafting authentic dialogue is a master skill We ve all read wooden dialogue and thought people don t really talk like that in our reader mindCapturing the way people speak emphasize and elucidate It speaks to the deep and complex relationship between the fictional characters and it also speaks to the way and author understands uman psyche and relational dynamicsGloria Naylor is an absolute master of these skillsI saw it in er debut coincidentally also my first read by Critical Social Theory and the End of Work her Women of Brewster Place 1982 There were so many take aways from that National Book Award winner but what stayed with me was the inter generational relationships mothers and daughters most specifically in that work My second read was Bailey s Cafe 1992 whichad a lot of family dynamics but also friends and clienteleLinden Hills is a loose retelling of Dante Alighieri s Inferno patterned in an affluent African American neighborhood Our guides to this underworld are 2 young street poets Willie and Shit Lester The dynamics between these two friends showcases Naylor s storytelling once again but also ow they relate to an older generation and in a worldneighborhood where classism and colorism rule supreme Naylor as many distinct messages Simple Wicca hereeavy in allegory but also a richness of complexity even in a moral tale there s no binaryThere were some seeming tangents as I read along interesting but I was wondering Protect Your Purity how they tied in I learned to TRUST IN GLORIA she will bring itome often in a fantasmagoric climax much like she does in other works I m talking about but being able to do the course of Theatre Histories humanistory a collective Waterloo history or an individual one You can delay the inevitable set up roadblocks and detoursthat would be like trying to ward off a flood with a teacupFences The gates are open so it s not too keep anybody out of in Why fences To get you used to the idea that what theyave in there is different special Something to be separated from the rest of the world And then you fence your own self in after that protecting it from everybody else out there If anything was the problem with Linden Hills it was that nothing seemed to be what it really was Everything was turned upside down in that place This is most definitely a book I d deem a necessary inclusion in the Essential Gloria Naylor Reads This is another amazing read I read Gloria s Mama Day when I was young and probably didn t Yobo have the capacity to appreciate such books Having read that one book I kind of puter books to the side for decades as books that I was not too fond of only to rediscover The Last Runaway her work at this late stage and want to kick myself after each read for notaving read sooner Ms Naylor s voice is poetic always poignant and she is one of the ultimate masters of the combined short story She Sanctuary (The New World Series, has this infallible art for incorporating characters who could stand alone in independent short stories and weaving them together into a beautifully written expose or privileged glance into the cogs of the African American community Gloria Naylor tells the stories that we know but don t talk about All ofer characters always ave some strangely familiar personality trait You know these people You grew up with them You lived down the street from a neighbor like this She reminds me of a lady from my church I know their story You relate You can put real life faces to the stories she tells Gloria Naylor is giving you the inside story on that man you see walk is dog The uncanny resemblance to real life is astounding Her books are purely intoxicating Within our community we might say to each other Girl did you Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) hear about old Luther down on Tupelo Drive Whate did to Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories his wifeYetere is Gloria transcending life into poetic thought There is a man in a Inside the Hornets Head house at the bottom of aill And Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey his wifeas no nameThe rich The poor No matter what mask you walk the neighborhood wearing resistance is futile Gloria Naylor is taking us across the manicured lawns behind the closed doors past the draped windows into the rooms down into the bowels of basements into Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales histories and inside souls What is ticking behind the eyelids of the Linden Hills residents is astounding It s almost as if the neighborhood itself is a living breathing entity of the third spiritual kind On the surface Linden Hills is an exclusive neighborhood filled with successful African American residents These people workard and feel they deserve the exclusivity that can only be derived from living on the most prominent street in Linden Hills near the great great grandson of its founder Luther Nedeed Snooty stuck up on the surface these people set themselves aside from the rest of the world outside their perfect Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., homes and their aspirant model community Reminiscent of some cult if you are included you are included in all their events Everyone knows one another If you are excluded you may be ushered out of the balustrades of the community entrance by policeThe original residents of Linden Hillsad something to prove When the country was ruled by racial intolerance and segregation The original residents were seeking to create a place where the successful of their communities could come live and create their own exclusive utopia with their Phoebe’s Fair Valentine (Oh. My. Gods., hard earned money A sort of community within the community for successful African Americans Theyad a pride for what they worked The Ground beneath her Feet hard for and there was a process for entry and inclusion However the current residents are a defunct shadow of what their predecessors attempted to be The originals felt since they workedard and they could not move into better communities due to their race they d create their own The current residents are strutting their wealth upon their backs like peacock feathers and fighting amongst themselves to upgrade to the best mansion like ouses on Tupelo Drive near "Luther Needed These People Are Troubled These Current Residents Obsessed "Needed These are troubled These current residents obsessed status competition and vanity ave lost their souls their distorted dreams of material gain For what shall it profit a man if vanity Lo Que la Reina Quiere (Sexys Cuentos de Hadas Al Revés nº 1) have lost their souls to their distorted dreams of material gain For what shall it profit a man if shall gain the whole world and loseis own soul This is the crux of the issue concerning the current residents of Linden Hills They William Gibson have exchanged their souls for matter They ve released them into the atmosphere to become a part of the mass of dying spirits that below the surface is Linden Hills The thickeavy gummy mass of something indescribable that Nancy Drake has risen up from its inhabitants and only is noticeable to those who don t belong Like Willie Mason Willie Mason didn t grow up living inside the confines of Linden Hills butis best friend Lester Tilison Bandbox had Willie neverad much living in the same town but outside of Linden Hills Everglades (Doc Ford Mystery, his family was poor Lester s family lived in Linden Hills His grandmotheraving been one of the original residents but Kicking It (Alex Craft, her refusal to kowtow to the whims of the infamous Needed family caused them to live on the rails of the Linden Hills society Theyad the Homeport house butad to struggle for the money Willie always wished Sapphamire (Dragons of Dragonose he lived there Lester rebellious rejected everything it stood for even though the ways of the communityad already been ingrained into The Donovan Legacy (Donovans his soul Lester rejected the educationis mother so desperately wanted Breaking Down (The Garage, him toave rendering im a jobless young man with pipe dreams of becoming a famous poet One year around The Christmas season a friend suggests that Willie and Lester could make some money for the olidays by soliciting odd jobs up in Linden Hills Through Willie and Lester we meet the complex inhabitants of Linden Hills With Lester as our guide and Willies unjaded perspective each story of this living breathing community is told If you never thought a place could ave a personality you need to read this book In the book from is first encounter Willie Passionate Kisses Boxed Set had dreams and that is what entering Linden Hills is like I imagine when you take that first step inside this exclusive community you d feel your skin prickle with an er of something you just can t put your finger on And as you move amongst the streets and the drives toward the bottom near the Needed place you d feel youreart jump up into your throat and that mysterious unnamed something we all Destiny and Power have would tell us to Go Back Immediately Don t go there It s funny I remember watching the Women of Brewster Place movie ages ago when Cicely Tyson played MelanieKiswana Browne s mom and she mentioned they were from Linden Hills Iad no idea of this book at the time but remember thinking by the way she played the roll it must be some very snooty place I was so ecstatic upon my reintroduction of Gloria Naylor to discover this book I loved it I give this book a 5star rating I 100% recommended it to everyone because I feel it s essential reading on so many levels You can look at economically sociologically My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, historically psychoanalytically the limits are endless for dissecting this book for those that enjoy pulling apart for deeper meaning For those who just want to read some good fiction as I did when I set out this is a great book It s relative It s funny at times It s a book you can talk back to and you really can t put it down I look forward to reading of Gloria Naylor s books uick thoughts I wanted to love this book I was a bit relieved to finish it I didn tate it I actually enjoyed a fair amount of it I found this moralistic story of affluence and Blackness to be strongest when we were with the characters Willie and Lester They take us through the neighborhood of affluent Black folks Linden Hills As they descend into the neighborhood working for different families to make extra money for the The Café Book holidays they introduce us to different characters whoave lost touch with who they are and what they want at the expense of making itI found the subplot of the woman in the basement to be a bore It felt like something that worked intellectually but didn t Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, have much feeling Willie and Lester were wonderful and vibrant characters and wouldave loved to stay with them and stay in their perspective longer This is one I will be thinking about for uite a whileLinden Hills as a lot to say about conformity and passivity and buying into pre conceived views and standards It deconstructs the American dream of success and wealth and prog. A world away from Brewster Place yet intimately connected to it lies Linden Hills With its showcase omes elegant lawns and other trappings of wealth Linden Hills is not unlike other affluent black communities But residence in this community is indisputable evidence of making it Although no one knows what th. Ress and Naylor specifically criticizes assimilation conforming to white and patriarchal standards The characters who Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies have made it to Linden Hillsave sacrificed everything of true value to live a lifestyle which on the outside symbolizes success and their inner lives are seeped of color and passion and true uman emotion as a result The fact that the first Luther Needed supposedly bought the land with money gained from the sale of is wife and children into slavery is an extreme and very symbolic example Another is Maxwell who is practically cyborg than Shalias Diary (Shalias Diary, human and Winston s conformity is especially tragic The women Laurel who even afterer divorce displacement and death is still referred to as Howard s wife and all the Needed wives who are literally eclipsed and erased by the men in their lives are especially vulnerable in the patriarchal Linden Hills When I first read the blurb on the back cover a resonant novel that takes as its model Dante s Inferno my interest was immediately piued I love when modern novels allude to classic literature and mythology and since I went into it looking for connections they were easy to spot The two poets journeying through the circular drives meeting lost souls Luther Lucifer down by the frozen lake the literal inferno that consumes Scruples Two him at the endall pretty blatant references Blatant and awesome I was reminded a lot of Faustus too since they all sort of sold their souls when conforming to the rules of LutherLucifer Very cool book Gloriaaaaa viva la Gloriaaaaa No I m not a Green Day s fan I just love Gloria Naylor Linden Hills reads like a seuel toer debut novel The Women of Brewster Place so I would actually recommend reading the latter first for context In What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, her debut Linden Hills is established as the estate the Black Americans living in Brewster Place aspire to From the outside it seems perfect A little paradise in which rich andardworking Black Americans are allowed to live in In Linden Hills they could forget that the world said you spelled black with a capital nothing Well they were something and there was everything around them to show it The world Carl Hiaasen Collection hadn t given them anything but the chance to fail and theyadn t failed because they were in Linden Hills They Silver Tower / Strike Force / Shadow Command had a thousand years and a day to sit right there and forget what it meant to be black because it meant working yourself to death just to stand still The estate was purchased by the first Luther Nedeed in 1820 aftere Explosive Acts had soldis octoroon wife and six children into slavery The land Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, has remained under the proprietorship of the Nedeeds for than 150 years Luther read Lucifer as all the males in the Nedeed family are named opened a funeral parlor then developed the land and leased sections to black families His sons and grandsons all of whom are physical copies of the original landowner furtheredis plan to establish a showcase black community So Luther Nedeed Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria holds the power over the large estatee decides who gets to live there The inhabitants of Linden Hills are ruled through greed materialism and lack of morals The current Luther Nedeed for instance treats is wife and son like strangers and locks them into is basement far away from the eyes of the public So everyone wants to buy a Two Reels And A Crank home in Linden Hills no one sees the evil that lurks inside of it The protagonists Lester and Willie read Dante and Virgil are two unemployed poets who alsoappen to be best friends We discover Linden Hills through their eyes as they are doing jobs around the neighbourhood in the week leading up to Christmas What s especially interesting about Linden Hills is Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, how Naylor structures the novel We see the nods to Dante s Inferno inow the estate is built Each level of the estate corresponds to one of Dante s levels of Hell Lester lives at the very top with is mother and sister in what appears to be the least prestigious area As Lester and Willie travel down through the estate the ouses become grander and the residents unhappier At the lowest level resides Luther who The Camping Cookbook happens to also be the town undertaker Hisome is barricaded off from the rest with a lake and a drawbridge separating Absalom, Absalom! him from everyone elseSo Naylor uses Dante s Inferno as a model for the American Dream Naylor exposes that dream as a nightmare The novel asks the reader to consider for a moment what the American Dream asks of its participants For one thing Naylor drivesome that the community is driven apart by that uest for a better life They forget their common ancestry in suffering and with that the community loses its eritage and its union This combined with the already insidious effects of racism especially systemic racism cause the citizens of Linden Hill to experience daily life as a kind of ell It s true I was just telling Willie this morning those are a bunch of the saddest niggers you ll ever wanna meet They eat sleep and breathe for one thing making it And making it where So what does it mean to make it as a Black American citizen in the United States People never get off their uest for wealth power and success Once people get to Linden Hills the uest continues subtle but eually fierce the goal is a ouse on Tupelo Drive the epitome of achievement and visible success No one notices that the property on Tupelo Drive goes back on sale uickly no one uestions why there are always vacancies at Linden Hills Naylor s message is clear the price of success may very well be "a journey down to the lowest circle of ellAmong the characters we meet are Norman who is periodically felled by "journey down to the lowest circle of On Liberty hellAmong the characters we meet are Norman who is periodically felled by strange malady that causesim to tear at No Way Down his own skin to remove the imagined slimy substance thate feels is consuming Pulled Thread Embroidery him and the Rev Michael T Hollis whoas forsaken is Baptist background to adopt the staid practices of the Episcopal Church and in the process become an alcoholic Then there is Maxwell Smyth who in pursuit of perfection and an untainted image exercises so much control that even is bodily excretions are without odor And of course there is the tormented Luther Nedeed Absolutely on Music himself plagued by a baffling disruption ofis sovereignty that threatens The Ransom of Mercy Carter his kingdom but maintainingis strange dominance over the inhabitants of Linden HillsAs Willie and Lester work their way down the circular drives Naylor strips away the facade of material success to reveal a netherworld

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chaos and despair Simply stated Gone for Good hammersome the point that Black Americans who aspire to the white world and material success will become trapped in the American dream they will experience the torments of Lallieva (Alice Allevi, hell Linden Hills is an intriguing novel that will probably give you aeadache the you think about it Naylor s prose ighly accessible there s even some tongue in cheek umor It s not as nurturing and mind blowing of a read as British Society Since 1945 her other novels but it s still really uite brilliant Gloria Naylor author of The Women of Brewster Place grants the world another chance to read why she s considered a literary champion When I began reading Naylor s Linden Hills I was not familiar wither works nor ad any inclination to be Oh ow foolish I Reiki And The Seven Chakras have been all these years I didn t realize until the last word that I misseder voiceWhen I first reuested Linden Hills for review it was simply because of the cover I m totally one of those people who judges books by their cover I can t Turning the Tide of Battle help it and I know I m not alone in this matter Once I was given access to the title I realized I d stumbled upon a true literary creation that I d either get or not get Literary fiction always seems to intimidate me I wonder if I ll get it Will Iave trudged along through masterful prose after masterful prose and simply not understand Understanding literature in a meaningful way is a community I desire to belong I am similar to the people who desire to live in Linden HillsLinden Hills is known all over the Western world for being an exclusive community that all want to belong to No one uite knows what the reuirements are to getting in this neighborhood but it is the creme de la creme of where to call I Curse the River of Time home Outsiders to this community see the opulence with envy They are blind to the true sad disturbed existence that really lay in wait for a place that is so exclusive yet alwaysas an openingOur primary tour guides through this eaven on earth are Willie Lester Two friends who are thicker than blood with each other Although they are best friends they are both very different One glaring difference is that one lives in Linden Hills and the other lives in the neighboring town of Putney Wayne Putney Wayne isn t exactly the place to be or the place to be from It s considered low although it looks down geographically on Linden Hills The irony is not lost on anyone that the world s most appening place to call Court the Night (Blood Bonds, home is at the bottom of theill is not lost on me And I m surprised to be even that smartI guess my application into the Linden Hill s of reviewers looks slightly better Gloria Naylor s Linden Hill s is a contemporary take on Dante s Inferno With Lester and Willie as our guides we Greed, Seeds and Slavery happen upon the nine circles ofell We meet the people of Linden Hills and learn Demons, Deliverance, Discernment how their stories intertwine Before long it s obvious there s aeart and soul that is missing in Linden Hill s Perhaps that eart and soul died generations ago when the first lease contract for a 1000 years was signedHow s that for adding another bullet point into the exclusive reviewer s club Sure I could be a snarky witty or even completely dimwitted reviewer but I want in I want in although I don t know why There s just something about this exclusive membership I ave no choice but to attain Either way Naylor Well Meet Again had me glued to the pages of Linden Hill s and it saddened me to part with each character I met On the surface they all seemed so real and it almost makes me mad that much of their stories were not perfectly sealed with some form of conclusion But their necessity onelping Lester Willie and us readers understand Linden Hill s better and then ultimately ourselves isn t lost In conclusion Linden Hills is actually my favorite book I ve read this year so far It surface ot buttons on race relations poverty prosperity and the image we all want to portray are just a looking glass for the real point of this story Whether my interpretation be right or wrong I ope to never lose myself or my personal truth to conform to any exclusive faction at the cost of my soul I think I ll just res. E precise ualifications are everyone knows that only certain people get to live there and that they want to be among themOnce people get to Linden Hills the uest continues subtle but eually fierce the goal is a ouse on Tupelo Drive the epitome of achievement and visible success No one notices that the prope. Linden Hills