Conflicting desires for independence and security mark the actions and relationships of Lisa, Danielle, and Sundi, three Washington, D.C., women whose rapport sees them through difficult demands of love, commitment, family, career, and friendship. A first novel. 20,000 first printing. Tour.
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Venise Berry is the author of the Blackboard bestsellers All of Me and So Good. She is an assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at the University of Iowa.From Kirkus Reviews:
A fast-moving, plot-rich, slapdash but entertaining first novel aimed at the audience that inhaled Waiting to Exhale. The story is set among Washington, D.C.'s middle-class black community and follows the romantic trials of three thirtysomething African-American friends. It opens with Lisa, a bubbly Ph.D. candidate, attending the wedding of pal Sundi and falling head- over-heels for handsome fellow guest Walter--a slightly shady, divorced accountant. Sundi, shrugging off the worries of Lisa and the third friend, Lisa's married sister, Danielle, is wedding a conservative Nigerian named Chris in a ceremony combining African and African Methodist Episcopal rituals--a combination of cultures that becomes a running theme. But while Lisa doubts whether Sundi, a successful entrepreneur, will be able to maintain her independence once hitched to dogmatic Chris, she has no doubts about marriage itself--she craves it. So, rapidly, she dates and marries Walter--and that's when her real troubles start. Walter, rumored to be bisexual, turns out to be a drug addict and is soon suspended from his job. When Lisa throws away his dope stash, he beats her, and she flees. Meanwhile, sister Danielle moves out of her house--the one she shares with kind, considerate husband Roger and their four-year-old daughter--and rushes into a hot affair with a young black stud in her advertising office. And Sundi's marriage is quickly deteriorating as Chris becomes ever more domineering. But there's good news in store for each of them: After many twists of plot, Sundi teaches Chris to compromise; Danielle returns to wonderful Roger; and Lisa--after much soul-searching and waffling- -divorces Walter, then happily finds a new love, a ``black Tootsie Roll'' in a well-cut suit. Characters, including Lisa, remain shallow, and the plot is full of lapses. But the depiction of issues, fast pace, and tone of enlightened self-help will have wide appeal. A sure-to-be-read debut. (Literary Guild selection; author tour) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Dutton Adult, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. May have light shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # BK0130015
Book Description Dutton Adult, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0525938850
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