Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chasing the 400 by Sheilah Vance

The oldest of ten children Vera longs to get out. She dreams about being a part of the elite 400 who live in the upper part of town.  Why should they look down on her for being the daughter of a plumber? She is just as good as them. And she knows how to flaunt that. Her goal is to make it out of the Main Line as quickly as possible and she is willing to do anything to get her ticket out.

Vera's brother Bobby hopes college will be his ticket out. HIs hard work and good grades should take him far--or so he hopes. He too dreams of a life outside the small community his family lives in.

Author Sheliah Vance describes life in the 1950s of Philadelphia of this African American family and the social system of their world. Funny, yet at times poignant, Vance pulls you into this world and persuades even the reader to want to rise above their station in life.

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