From the bestselling and award-winning authors of Trying to Sleep in the Bed You Made comes a novel of sisterhood, family secrets, and the ties that bind. Two sisters--a doctor's wife and an actress--inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina, and begin to dredge up a past of tangled relationships.
"DeBerry and Grant's second collaboration, about four generations of African American women, is captivating and compelling. All the women, particularly Annie's love child, Odella, the granddaughters, Celeste and Veronica, and the fourth-generation daughter, Niki, display strength and determination. Their struggles as women who are mothers, daughters, and sisters lead them back to family property in Prosper, North Carolina. The old saying that the apple does not fall far from the tree is poignantly depicted in this family, whether it's Annie's catering business, the great-granddaughters' quest to become chefs, Odella's dismissal of the past, or Celeste's and Veronica's inability to make their lives work in the present. Each woman arrives at the family property for different reasons and with different motives. Their discovery of decades-old secrets and family skeletons sets the women on a course toward healing and reconciliation. The time spent together sharing the truth with the women who mean the most and wish the best for them helps each woman to become reenergized and refocused. This story is brave, realistic, and touching. It will definitely be another hit for the duo! --Lillian Lewis"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Strong, colorful characters distinguish DeBerry and Grant's (Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made) warm and moving African-American family drama. When Will Frazier dies, his family gathers for the funeral in Buffalo, N.Y. Della, his grieving wife, is overwhelmed by memories. Celeste, the Fraziers' bossy eldest daughter, is driving away her husband and their 23-year-old daughter, Niki, with her controlling behavior. Younger Frazier sibling Ronnie, a struggling actress, is desperate to hide her hand-to-mouth existence from the family. Will has deeded a house in Prosper, N.C., to his daughters; a few months after the funeral, just as their lives are about to bottom out, they decide to inspect the place before they sell it, despite Della's protests. The house, it is eventually revealed, once belonged to Della's biological father, who took in 10-year-old Della (who was born out of wedlock) when her mother died. As Celeste and Ronnie explore the town in which their mother grew up, Della's story unfolds. Tormented and sexually assaulted by her violent half-brother Henry, teenage Della, a talented singer, finally finds happiness with Lester, an ambitious amateur performer. Lester leaves for the city and promises to send for her, but when Della must suddenly flee for her life after Henry accidentally kills their father, she loses touch with Lester, eventually moving to New York and marrying his friend, Will, in 1957. In the present day, Della joins her daughters in Prosper when Ronnie falls ill and finds unexpected comfort from the friends she'd left behind, just as her daughters confront the realities of their lives. Although the narrative ends abruptly and predictably, the story otherwise moves gracefully between the 1950s and the present day, and an unusually varied cast of minor characters add spice to the full-bodied tale. 150,000 first printing; author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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