In the tradition of Eric Jerome Dickey-a sexy, sensitive, and sharp-witted novel from a bright new talent
Myles Moore, a twenty-eight-year-old African-American man living in a suburb of Philadelphia, is at a crossroads. Despite his attempts to convince himself that there is virtue in solitude, he has recently seen his brother and his best friend find loving relationships, making it harder than ever for him to be alone. But one day everything changes in an instant when a magical summer breeze wafts into his life carrying upon it the sweetest symphony his ears have ever heard . . . the voice of Marisa Marrero. Marisa appears to be perfect-she's gorgeous, funny, smart, and successful-but she's also human. In exchange for the partnership he always wanted, Myles will have to put aside his male ego long enough to try to understand the complex person behind the mysterious woman he claims to love. In a novel filled with fresh, sensitive, and intelligent characters, and witty dialogue, Marcus Major writes with stylish rhythm and good humor, delivering a novel of intriguing depth.
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Marcus Major is the bestselling author of two previous novels, Good Peoples and 4 Guys and Trouble, and a novella in the anthology Got to Be Real. He lives in Somerdale, New Jersey.From Kirkus Reviews:
A first novel, set in African-American and Latino communities, that offers some heartfelt insights gleaned from the bumpy road of courtship. Though nearly 30, Myles Moore has convinced himself that hes perfectly content with his single statusas a grade-school teacher, hes busy and surrounded by a close circle of friends, and hes willing to forgo dating while he waits for the right woman. And in she walks at a mutual friends house party (the meeting is a set-up, but the skittish Myles doesnt know it until much later); literally bumping into Myles is the beautiful, feisty Marisa Marrero. Marisa is relocating from her lucrative career as an attorney in Washington, D.C., to begin a radio talk show in Philadelphia, and Myles is more than happy to help her get settled ingoing as far as to suggest she take the vacant apartment across the hall from his, allowing for an almost live-in relationship from the start. Myles, gentle and caring, is a far cry from the usual self-involved high-rollers Marisa is accustomed to, while, for him, Marisa is perfection. The problems and triumphs the two encounter are smallless the stuff of fiction than the stuff of real life. Myles is overly emotional, Marisa coldly intellectual, refusing to share anything with him, including the heartache of her childhood as a Cuban refugee. Will she learn to trust Mylesand herself? Can Myles learn patience and restraint? Its little surprise that true love wins, the peaks and valleys of the relationship here being only slightly more significant to the novel than the witty contours of Myles life: talkin trash on the basketball court, raucous romantic advice being doled out by his older brother, Myles valuing the tender relationship he has with his two nieces. Major, with a gift for dialogue, creates an amiable workthough small in scale, it serves as a companionable distraction into the territory of romantic love. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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