Title Profile & Character Information

Leaving Cecil Street

Annotation
"As she did in her previous novels Tumbling and Blues Dancing, Diane McKinney-Whetstone once again renders time and place, character and emotional intensities. It is 1969 and Cecil Street is "feeling some kind of way," so the residents decide to have two block parties this year. These energetic, sensual street celebrations serve as backdrop to the stories of the people on the block. Joe, a long-ago sax player, has turned his eye across the street to a newly arrived young southern beauty even as he is suddenly haunted by memories of this horn-playing nights and his affection for a shy, soft hooker from years ago. Joe's wife, Louise, a licensed practical nurse, is losing her teeth to gum disease and her joy to sensing that Joe's attention has wandered. Their teenage daughter, Shay, is consumed with helping her best friend and next-door neighbor Neet, who has gotten pregnant by a Corner Boy. Neet's mother, Alberta, is shunned by the block because of her immersion in a religion that has no name."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2005  Black Caucus of the America Library Association Award

Characters
NameJoe
GenderMale
TraitsAfrican American
Married
Father
Ex-musician
Family man

NameLouise
GenderFemale
OccupationNurse
TraitsAfrican American
Married
Mother

NameShay
GenderFemale
OccupationStudent
TraitAfrican American

NameNeet
GenderFemale
OccupationStudent
TraitAfrican American

GenreDomestic
Fiction
Historical
TopicsAfrican Americans
Family relationships
Troubled marriages
Working classes
Teenage girls
Female friendship
Teenage pregnancy
Abortion
Community life
Life choices
Redemption
SettingPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
West Philadelphia
African-American neighborhood
Urban
Working class neighborhood