The Sweet Forever
Author: George Pelecanos
Setting Decade: 1990s
Main Themes: CorruptionExcerpt: Clay looked left at the Clifton Terrace Apartments. Run-down to the point of irreversible disrepair, roach and rat infested, play areas strewn with garbage and needles and broken glass ... a nightmare for the women and children who lived inside its walls. The second of the mayor's three wives, Mary Treadwell, had skimmed hundreds of thousands of dollars out of Pride Incorporated, the agency responsible for much of the city's subsidized housing. The money she had taken included Clifton Terrace rent payments
Excerpt Page Number: 34
Address: 1350 Clifton St NW 20009
Setting Decade: 1980s
Main Themes: African-American Life, FoodExcerpt: Marcus Clay and George Dozier sat at the counter of the Florida Avenue Grill, located at the corner of 11th and Florida on the tip of Shaw. They had seen each other at church, as they did every Sunday, and Clay had followed Dozier to the grill for a late breakfast. They sat on red stools where the counter jutted in, back toward the swinging kitchen door. Along the wall, front to back, above the grill and sandwich board and coffee urns, hung framed photographs of local and national celebrities who had visited the diner over the years for some of the very best soul food in Washington, D.C.
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Address: 1100 Florida Ave NW 20009