What doesn't kill you : a novel

by DeBerry, Virginia.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Clairton Public Library Fiction F DEBE
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F DEBE
Penn Hills Library Fiction DEB
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  DEB
Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic DeBer
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Adult Fiction
Call Number  Fic DeBer
"I really thought I had a handle on life -- then it broke off."Opinionated, straight-talking, and witty, Tee is a fly forty-something. Divorced since her daughter, Amber, was young, Tee has been "handling her business," supporting herself after her would-be songwriter husband took off for L.A., and she's done all right. Organized, responsible, hardworking, and loyal, Tee went from being the first employee of a start-up purveyor of organic lotions to the right hand of the president of what became a major player in the home and personal fragrance market.But then everything changes. First, she's outplaced from her longtime job and doesn't tell anyone. Then she gives her daughter the wedding of her dreams and, after overindulging in champagne, Tee wakes up in bed with the younger best man.For the first time in twenty-five years, Tee doesn't know who she is or what she's going to do every day. Deep in denial, she continues to live her life as if nothing has changed. After a series of financial mistakes, miscalculations, and missteps compound her already shaky situation, she's soon teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. That's when Tee decides that it's time for her to wake up and face reality.Beyond "making money," Tee never really decided what she wanted to do with her life. Then she just stopped thinking about it and invested her hopes in someone else's dream. Now it's her chance to invest in herself. Can she step out on faith to follow her own dream?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Tee Hodges helped Olivia Markson's natural-beauty company take off, but when Olivia unexpectedly dies, Tee is unceremoniously dumped. That's just the start of her problems. She hasn't begun paying the bills from her daughter's lavish wedding, and her job prospects are disheartening. Her parents are focused on problems in their marriage, and her friends only want her company if she can keep up with their luxurious lifestyles. She realizes her relationship with a married man is a dead end, yet is hesitant to start a relationship with a promising prospect. Tee's own pride keeps her from getting the help she needs until it's nearly too late. Longtime writing partners DeBerry and Grant write once again about resilience in the face of adversity. They temper Tee's almost unbelievable slate of bad luck with well-placed humor for an ultimately uplifting tale.--Walker, Aleksandra Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "When it rains, it pours for Tee Hodges, the spirited, stiff-upper-lipped protagonist of DeBerry and Grant's latest. Tee, the longtime right-hand woman of fragrance entrepreneur Olivia Markson, gets the shock of her life when, shortly after Olivia dies, Olivia's daughter pink-slips her. Even worse, the bad news hits just as Tee's putting the finishing touches on her daughter's elaborate wedding. Yet even when she finds her world swirling out of her grasp, she maintains the image that she has everything together. As her savings dwindle, her employment prospects look bleak, creditors begin calling, her parents explore the possibility of divorce and friends she trusted turn out to be less than supportive, Tee begins to trust her instincts, which sharpens her confidence in her entrepreneurial drive and leads her into the arms of a doting man. This is the anti-pity party: snappy, fun and inspiring. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects African American women -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,2009
Edition 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
Contributors Grant, Donna.
Language English
Notes "A Touchstone Book."
Description 293 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781416564201
Other Classic View