"145th Street Stories" is a collection of short tales tied together by the fact that all characters reside on the same street in Harlem. The first story, "Big Joe's Funeral" tells the humorous tale of a Harlem resident who decides to plan his own funeral, while very much alive. He encounters some dissent from his girlfriend's teenaged daughter, but still goes forward with his plans. "Kitty & Mack: A Love Story" is a tale of young love and how life-changing events can alter but not necessarily prevent love from taking its course. "The Fighter" presents the struggle of a down-on-his-luck pugilist as he tries to fend for his family. "Angela's Eyes" is a poignant story of a young girl, believed to have psychic powers, due to the fact that her dreams appear to foretell impending death. "The Streak" is the tale of a young man who has a run of good luck after having had a bevy of misfortunes. An elderly resident of the neighborhood teaches a hesitant white policeman about life in "A Christmas Story". The last story, "145th Street Block Party" brings all the main characters together.
The review of this Book prepared by Reginald D. Garrard