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By Bettye Griffin

Griffin is a budding identify in mainstream African American fiction. --Chicago magazine

After her father's dying, Emily Yancy concurs to maneuver again to her dead-end fatherland. yet she's dreading each minute she'll need to spend in her mother's tiny condo. in spite of everything, she's a forty-three-year-old divorcée who is doing simply effective 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 welcoming her to satisfy his relations. but if the lighting exit, something's lacking. input Teddy Simms, Emily's eighth-grade weigh down. Teddy hasn't completed what Aaron has--but he is picked up a couple of talents in different components. Will Emily select a courting that does not fulfill her mind--or a simple compatibility that does not relatively expand into the bed room? Or is there a way she will be able to locate the simplest of either worlds?

"A compelling drama approximately 3 households striving for the yank dream." --Booklist on If those partitions may possibly Talk

"Fear and pleasure virtually jump off the pages. A well-written tale you'll hate to work out end." --RT publication Reviews on Once Upon a Project

"Griffin expertly explores the common look for love." --Booklist

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Tanis asked, her eyebrows raised in amusement. I flashed an uncomfortable little smile. I decided I liked Tanis better when she smiled at refrigerators and cuddled up to bottles of shampoo on that game show she used to do. My fingers gripped the arms of my chair when the chiming sound of the doorbell reverberated through the house. I felt Tanis舗s eyes on me and because of that resisted the urge to smooth my dress. Why was she watching me like a lazy worker eyes the clock? Had Rosalind told her she hoped Aaron and I would hit it off?

The three of us had never sat down and discussed what was going to happen when Pop舗s gone. We may be separated geographically, but we could have done it easily with that marvelous innovation known as three-way calling. Still, I didn舗t feel too guilty about not having initiated that conversation. I suspected that one of them would suggest that I be the one to spend three or four months in Euliss getting Mom settled. 舠Let Emily take care of it,舡 they would say. 舠She doesn舗t have a husband. 舡 Bullshit.

Tell me about it,舡 I added. Of course, I had no firsthand knowledge of raising children. After a miscarriage I had difficulty conceiving again. In hindsight it had been a hidden blessing, especially after I learned that Al Davis, my dearly beloved husband, was cheating on me. I left him shortly after. At this point in my life, less than ten years away from hot flashes, I felt it was safe to say I wouldn舗t be having any children, but my friends舗 words reflected my earlier sentiments about my nieces and nephews.

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