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working on a novel. . .Sigh
I've started a novel about 100 years in a house in West Adams, a fancy neighborhood of LA. The novel is inspired by a neighbor there (we used to live there) whose great aunt built the house they still live in back in 1908 when that branch of the family was passing. In the 40's, that area became very wealthy black--they went to the Supreme Court to break exclusionary clauses--but they couldn't block a freeway from being slammed through it. By the 80's, the well-to-do blacks were leaving, the crack epidemic was racing through, it was in bad shape. (One neighbor who had a group home for girls lost her house because they used crack cocaine in it.) Now, it's getting very hispanic, but also wealthy black and white(integrated!) by sheer dint of the lack of good housing stock in LA. (We loved it there, because the neighbors were sooo wonderful, even though my two year old saw a gang shooting literally the day we moved away.)
Anyway, sorry for the long-windedness, but any help would be appreciated and I'd love to find some community. It's complicated, hat I want to do, and I'm feeling scared. . .
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