Tumbling

Tumbling

Book - 1997
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In 1940s Philadelphia, a childless black couple, Herbie and Noon, are blessed with daughters when on two separate occasions children are left on their doorstep. A tale of a close-knit community where "brown faces laughed for real, not the mannered tee-hees of the workday, but booming laughs." A first novel.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1997
ISBN: 9780684837246
0684837242
Branch Call Number: MCKINNEY D
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 21 cm

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joann1949 May 05, 2016

It's been almost a year since Herbie and Noon were married, and still they've had no sexual contact. When Herbie finds a baby on their porch steps one night, he hopes things will change. When nothing happens, he continues to stay out late into the night and takes up with a local club singer. The club singer suddenly leaves to pursue another job, leaving her five-year-old niece in Herbie's care. Thus, Herbie and Noon now must raise two children, one who seems to have the ability to see into the future and another who enjoys eating the plaster off their closet walls. This is an intelligently written first novel set in Philadelphia during the 1940s. The author captures the time, emotions, and lives of the characters well, even if the novel slows down around the midway point

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