By Bettye Griffin
Griffin is a budding identify in mainstream African American fiction. --Chicago magazine
After her father's demise, Emily Yancy concurs to maneuver again to her dead-end place of birth. yet she's dreading each minute she'll need to spend in her mother's tiny condo. finally, she's a forty-three-year-old divorcée who is doing simply fantastic on her personal. There are a few rewards for dutiful daughters though--like Aaron Merritt, a wealthy, unmarried health practitioner with chocolate dermis and bed room eyes. . .
Aaron is quickly taking Emily to fancy eating places and alluring her to satisfy his family members. but if the lighting exit, something's lacking. input Teddy Simms, Emily's eighth-grade overwhelm. Teddy hasn't accomplished what Aaron has--but he is picked up a number of abilities in different parts. Will Emily pick out a courting that does not fulfill her mind--or a simple compatibility that does not rather expand into the bed room? Or is there a way she will be able to locate the easiest of either worlds?
"A compelling drama approximately 3 households striving for the yank dream." --Booklist on If those partitions may perhaps Talk
"Fear and pleasure essentially jump off the pages. A well-written tale you are going to hate to determine end." --RT publication Reviews on Once Upon a Project
"Griffin expertly explores the common look for love." --Booklist
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Mom disapproved, believing nappy hair was suitable only for little girls. But at least now they made Afro combs with thick, wide teeth, which made combing it a snap. Until that product became available when I was about four, all Mom could do was brush it because those combs they made for white folks just didn舗t work on us. 舠I figured I舗d wear my black and white polka-dotted dress. 舡 舠Yes. 舡 she persisted. 舡 Mom took a casual bite of her buttered kaiser roll. I knew she was thinking. I just hoped she wouldn舗t start with something like, 舠I don舗t want you to take this the wrong way,舡 and then proceed to say something insulting.
But I was feeling pretty damn low, so it seemed appropriate. Anything could have happened while I was in the air. I didn舗t know if my father was still clinging on to life or if he would be dead by the time I got to the hospital. Even if he pulled through this respiratory failure, there would probably be another one waiting next week or next month. That舗s how emphysema works. It doesn舗t go away; it just keeps getting worse until it kills you. Pop舗s health was my first concern. My mother, Ruby Yancy, was my second.
She was a working actress trying to keep steady employment. I worked as a physician舗s assistant in my white smock, performing physical exams and writing prescriptions, often for people who sneezed uncontrollably on everything in sight, including me. Okay, so the competitive edge in me was alive and well. But maybe when I saw her this time I could finally drop the feeling of being second best. Š 舠I舗m going out tonight, Mom,舡 I remarked Friday morning as I made my breakfast in the kitchen and she sat eating hers at the adjoining dinette.
A New Kind of Bliss by Bettye Griffin