In the tradition of Waiting to Exhale and Brothers & Sisters, Rosalyn McMillan's debut novel is the ultimately triumphant story of one woman's struggle to realise dreams unfulfilled.
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So many parts of Ginger Montgomery's life satisfy her. Her husband, Jackson, is a strong black man whose powerful sense of self and intoxicating sexuality hold her enthralled. Her lucrative auto factory job has brought her a spectacular home in Detroit and a promising future for her four lively children. Yet Ginger can no longer ignore the restlessness deep within her soul - the education she put aside, the goals she never quite attained, the dreams she deferred to help those who depended on her the most. It's time she realized her own talents and identity through the challenges of the white-collar world just within her grasp. But Ginger soon finds there is no leaving behind the pain and insecurities of the past... or the family ties that seem to strengthen and limit her all at once. And she soon discovers that her love for Jackson - whose jealousy and controlling nature threaten far more than her dreams - may be a heartbreaking illusion that no amount of passion can sustain. Knowing everything she cherishes is at stake, Ginger must chart the farthest limits of responsibility, ambition, and love - and perhaps find a fulfillment only the hardest of choices can bring.From Library Journal:
First novelist McMillan takes her readers into the African American community of Detroit, where protagonist Ginger Montgomery struggles to take control of her life. Ginger seems to have it all: a husband who adores her, four lovely children, a beautiful home, and a loving extended family. Yet as we follow Ginger through three traumatic years of her life, it becomes apparent that this beautiful, intelligent woman is unfulfilled. She hates her high-paying job in an auto factory, resents the jealous, controlling nature of her husband, and is stretched to the limits of her endurance by the demands of her home and children. On a side note, Knowing would have benefited from some judicious editing. Ultimately, this sprawling story with its dollops of sensuality will appeal not only to African Americans but to most women struggling to make sense of their lives. Recommended for most fiction collections.
Andrea Caron Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.
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