At forty, artist-turned-librarian Eva Hutchinson isn't looking for a change. But on a hot Friday the 13th in June, Hutch, her husband of ten years, picks up his suitcase and walks into the night, searching for the "joy" that he feels is missing from their marriage. Suddenly, playing by the old rules doesn't make much sense to a not-quite-young sister whose stable world has turned upside down.
Now Eva is alone with an empty heart in a big, empty house. Hutch fears he is falling in love with the neglected wife of his wealthy, philandering best friend. Charley, Eva's law-school-bound daughter, wants to chuck it all and become a stand-up comedian -- while Stephen, Hutch's son, harbors a secret that will rock his father's world. And into the mix strolls Isaiah Lonesome, a handsome hunk of a twenty-eight-year-old jazz musician who will teach Eva to play some lusty new riffs on love's oldest song.
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Valerie Wilson Wesley is the author of the novels Always True to You in My Fashion and Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do, winner of the 2000 Best Fiction Award of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, as well as the nationally bestselling Tamara Hayle mystery series. A contributing editor at Essence magazine, her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ms. and the New York Times. She lives in New Jersey.Review:
"A wild ride...Fans of Wesley will have something new to sink their teeth into when they meet the Hutchinsons." -- --Essence
"An engaging heroine--smart, sexy, tough but tender. -- Houston Chronicle
"Consistently sharp, honest voice." -- Publishers Weekly
"Great idea! Middle-aged couples need love, too. I'll be there soon myself." -- Omar Tyree
"Laughter, joy, and pain...There's a bit of every woman in Eva..." -- --Bebe Moore Campbell, author of Singin' in the Comeback Choir
"There's a bit of every woman in Evan Johnson with all our laughter, joy, and pain. Valerie Wilson Wesley tells a funny, wise tale in these pages, and she tells it very well." -- Bebe Moore Campbell
"Valerie Wilson Wesley has tapped into the strengths and frailties of men, women, family, friends-and marriage-and explores the price to be paid and the joys to be gained when we finally grow up. A very enjoyable read." -- Sandra Kitt
"Valerie Wilson Wesley writes, with delightful insight, a story of a marriage-the highs, the lows and the often dreaded in-betweens. Once again, Wesley gives us an intriguing cast of characters who are all learning that true fulfillment comes when one is true to one's self." -- Benilde Little
"Wesley has an eye for detail, an ear for language and ability to create an entertaining character." -- Emerge
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Book Description William Morrow Paperbacks, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060515929
Book Description William Morrow Paperbacks, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060515929
Book Description William Morrow Paperbacks, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060515929
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