Lita (Revised) (Paperback)

By Jervey Tervalon

Washington Square Press, 9780743448857, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 25, 2004



In this sequel to his acclaimed "urban masterpiece" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), the national bestseller Dead Above Ground, Jervey Tervalon's unforgettable heroine, Lita Du Champ, is at loose ends, trying to hold house and home together. Ten years after she, her husband, their children, and her twin sisters moved to Los Angeles, the past comes back to haunt her. An unwelcome phone call reveals that Lita's estranged father is on his deathbed and that her aunt has seen Lita's beloved mother -- never mind that the woman has been dead for a decade. Overwhelmed by long-suppressed memories, Lita realizes that she must return to New Orleans to come to terms with her history, but as she makes the journey a growing sense of dread takes root in her soul. She's certain there will be no simple return to the life she led in Los Angeles.

Praise For Lita (Revised)

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

A powerful new voice n American fiction.

Los Angeles Times

Lita is fierce....You'd know her if you met her. And that is one of the highest compliments a reader can give a writer.

Kirkus Reviews

A return visit to the monstrously twisted family of
Dead Above Ground....Hair raising and hellish.

Black Issues Book Review

Tervalon's writing is crisp and concise, sweet and tart like a ripe Fuji apple. [His] work has grown richer....