Love in the city is a different kind of crazy
Unattached and independent, a free spirit flying high uptown, Leslie is black, beautiful, twenty-one. . .and still a virgin. Not that there's any lack of interested males in this level-headed young sista's world. But she's got too much self -respect--and too much going on--to take a wrong step that just might trip her up but good. So why is her one weakness a hardworking chocolate dream named Benjamin--who's much older than she is (thirty-four!). . .and just happens to be living with another woman and their teenage son?
Of course, Leslie could have her cousin Rachelle's problems, A divorced mother of three, Rachelle could easily bask in the steady, loving--if penniless--devotion of Anthony, who is fine. . .and twelve years her junior. But of course, it's Eustace--married Eustace--who makes her knees buckle.
It's a city full of hard choices--some good, some bad. . .some crazy--and each one has its consequences. So what else can a girlfriend do except try to keep her head while she follows her heart. . .all in the name of love?
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Hunter Hayes is the author of the novel Shoe's on the Otha' Foot. She lives in New York City with her niece, Brandi.From Publishers Weekly:
With just the right amount of attitude, the characters of Hayes's debut novel come of age in present-day Harlem. The virginal Leslie, 21, juggles a job as an apartment manager, night classes in TV production and her attraction to 35-year-old building contractor Benjamin. Their affair is complicated by the woman Benjamin lives with, and by his 13-year-old son, Kareem. Leslie's best friend, Rachelle, on the other hand, is a 35-year-old divorcee trying to care for her three young children and to conduct relationships with two men: Anthony, an underemployed Romeo who's just barely legal to drink, and Eustace, a married man. Rachelle slowly recognizes her financial and psychic dependence on men and begins to turn her life around, while Leslie comes to the brink of losing her sense of self-respect before regaining her equanimity. Hayes narrates with admirable clarity, alternating between his central characters' distinctive voices. Unpretentious and honest, if unpolished in parts, this first novel is blessedly free of vulgar tough-talk and dysfunctional baggage.
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Book Description HarperTorch, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061014664