Satin Doll: A Novel

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Desperate to escape the hardships of her past, Harlem native Regina Harris rebuilds her life, but her growing relationship with Charles Whitfield, an attorney from a prominent black Philadelphia family, could be threatened by her past.

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Not all successful middle-class African-American women were born successful middle-class African-American women. Some come from origins that might be considered marginal, or even downright criminal. Many are constantly looking over their shoulders -- worried that their shady pasts will eventually catch up with them.

In her debut novel, Satin Doll, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Karen E. Quinones Miller, tells the story of one such woman.

Glamorous and successful Regina Harris has a colorful history. Born and raised in Harlem, she was orphaned while a young teen and inherited the job of sole provider for an infant niece. She tried to get a legitimate job, but found no one interested in hiring a 13-year-old who said she was 18, and looked 11. Shes finally forced into a life of crime in order to survive.

But when shes shot, and almost killed, while hanging out with a cocaine dealer, Regina turns her life around. She goes away to school, graduates from college, and begins a successful journalism career.

But still, she cant quite get Harlem out of her blood, and she struggles to deal with two worlds -- feeling comfortable and alienated in both. She sips cocktails with the literary elite at Rockerfeller Center one night, and goes barhopping in Harlem with her homegirls the next.

While partying with them at a club one night Regina meets, Charles Whitfield, 26, a snobbish upper-middle class young man from Philadelphia, who stereotypes her and her friends as stupid, gold-digging street women. When Charles snobbishly insults them, sassy Regina haughtily puts him in his place. Hes shocked, but smitten, and they embark on high-powered love affair filled with sexual passion and intellectual one-upmanship. Shes not sure shell ever get along with his very class-conscious mother. He continues to have qualms about her close relationships with her Harlem girlfriends.

But when she and Charles and marry, and he makes a bid for the U. S. Congress, the couple are forced to come to grips that the unveiling of her past could be the undoing of them both.

About the Author:

Karen E. Quinones Miller lives in Philadelphia with her daughter, Camille. She is currently working on her next novel.

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