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Sydney Green’s childhood home now exists in a completely changed Brooklyn. Her old neighbors are gone, pushed out by high rent, and the people and buildings that have replaced what she once knew seem very strange. When Sydney throws herself into becoming a walking tour guide in an effort to impress the neighborhood’s Black history upon tourists and newcomers, she makes a new friend, a white neighbor named Theo. But, as they research the history behind the houses of the neighborhood, they quickly develop some larger questions: Where have all their old neighbors gone, really? What’s up with all these new buildings and would-be leaders promising revitalization—are they legitimate, or could the new changes be deadly? In Alyssa Cole’s 2020 thriller, the all-too-real dark side of gentrification is pushed to its terrifying, enraging max. —Mahita Gajanan

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