Uptown . . . where money rules
Uptown . . . where ambition trumps tradition
Uptown . . . where politics come before everything
Uptown . . . where a family’s secrets will bring them together—or down
After twenty years away, Avery Lyons returns to New York when her mother and uncle suffer a serious car accident. The tragedy brings the family together, but Avery is not happy about the impromptu reunion. She no longer recognizes the Harlem of her childhood, but the same old family dynamics and secrets are all too familiar . . .
Heir to a real estate empire, Dwight is willing to do anything to realize his aging and demanding father’s dream: Dixon Plaza, a luxury high-rise development on Central Park North that will change the face of Harlem forever. There’s only one thing in his way: his cousin Avery has inherited a share of the property. She’s more than willing to sell until a reporter uncovers the truth behind the rumored shady dealings . . .
In Uptown a prominent Harlem family is strained to the breaking point by the high-stakes world of the Manhattan real estate industry, and one woman searches for her identity and the will to forgive. Steamy, provocative, and sexy, Uptown is a turbulent and triumphant read.
Reading Group Guide
Bestselling authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant are back with a tale of scandal, sex, ambition, betrayal, greed, and politics. Set in the high- power, high- stakes world of Manhattan real estate, Uptown delves into the complex lives of a wealthy and aristocratic African-American family in Harlem. In the center of the story are Avery Lyons and Dwight Dixon, first cousins who grew up as close as brother and sister, but whose relationship was irreparably damaged by the devastating aftermath of one terrible night. When they must finally face each other after years of silence, family bonds are stretched to the breaking point.
1. We first meet Dwight in the prologue as he is announcing the construction of Dixon Plaza at a high- profile press conference. Dwight has to face a large crowd of protesters. Before you knew how he behaved after the incident at Brown, did you sympathize with Dwight? How did your perspective change after you read about the incident see more