THE LIGHT ON HALSEY STREET
WOMEN'S FICTION I CHRISTIAN CONTEMPORARY I AFRICAN AMERICAN & BLACK FICTION
Two girls’ lives are irrevocably intertwined the summer of 1985 in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, and neither will ever be the same in this coming-of-age story that spans decades.
In the summer of 1985, Lisa Whitaker is a church kid headed to college on a scholarship while her best friend, Dana, is floundering in the wake of her mother’s latest eviction. Though Lisa tries to help, their paths diverge. Fifteen years later, Lisa has a beautiful family and is stepping into her dream job as the director for a social services organization. Everything is going right—until her future is snatched away by identity theft. Her life begins to unravel, and Lisa wants nothing more than to see the woman responsible pay for her crimes.
When she was a teenager, Dana Jones always felt alone in this world. Her mother was addicted to drugs, her boyfriend was entering a life of crime, and it seemed Dana, too, was heading down the wrong path. The only bright light was her friendship with Lisa. Now, in the new millennium, Dana finally gives herself permission to dream—to believe she is stepping into better days. But when the betrayal of their friendship comes to light, it will take a lifetime to forgive the destruction that youthful summer in Bed-Stuy set in motion.
In this latest story from beloved author Vanessa Miller, two girls from the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, find that their paths have been woven together by the love of community and a friendship that is tested by time, betrayal and unforgiveness.
“Vanessa Miller serves a heartfelt and fulfilling, Brooklyn, New York, literary buffet in this 1980s coming-of-age journey through friendships and hardships, all nourished by ‘The Light on Halsey Street.’”
—Pat G’Orge-Walker, Essence and national bestselling author and creator of the Sister Betty Christian comedy series
"Vanessa Miller delivers a poignant story of friendship and betrayal . . . with an uplifting ending that proves there is power in prayer."
—Lacey Baker, USA TODAY bestselling author
MEET THE AUTHOR
Vanessa Miller is a bestselling author, with several books appearing on Essence Magazine's Bestseller's List. She has also been a Black Expressions Book Club Alternate pick and #1 on BCNN/BCBC Bestsellers' List. Most of Vanessa’s published novels depict characters that are lost and in need of redemption. The books have received countless favorable reviews: "Heartwarming, drama-packed and tender in just the right places" (Romantic Times Book Review) and "Recommended for readers of redemption stories" (Library Journal).
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