What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

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From an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

 

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“American blacks were my precarious homeland – because of my light skin and foreign roots, I was never fully accepted by any race. Plus my family had money, and all the black kids in my town came from the poorer areas. I was friends with the kids who lived on my block and were in my honors classes – white kids. I was a strange in-betweener.”

What We Lose is a very telling coming of age story of a young woman that is of mixed race, and whose parents are from different continents which leads her to have identity issues. We get some insight on how hard Thandi worked to fit in amongst the different groups and to find her own voice. The death of her mother added another layer to this book as we got to see how she dealt with the grief.

I was extremely excited to read this book because of the early buzz, but I honestly felt let down. What We Lose had the potential to be excellent but the timeline jumped around too much for my liking. It is my belief that Clemmons had amazing talent and she will have a very successful writing career, but this book just didn’t do it for me.

 

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Lust by Victoria Christopher Murray

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From the NAACP Image award winner and national bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray, a novel inspired by the seven deadly sins about a woman caught between an entertainment mogul with a shady past and his childhood friend who is out for revenge.

Tiffanie has lived a sheltered life in a very strict household with her pastor-grandfather and grandmother in Washington, DC. But when she meets Damon King, she falls for the successful entertainment business man despite his history as a drug dealer. Everyone sees nothing but the brightest future for the couple—but there’s one person who wants to destroy them.

Trey Johnson is Damon’s childhood best friend with whom he built quite a successful drug business. But when the game got hot and Damon decided to leave, Trey stayed and continued to sell drugs, until he was arrested and spent seven years in prison.

But now he’s out and able to attend the wedding. While Damon is thrilled to have Trey back and hopes to bring his best friend into his business, Trey has other plans. He blames Damon for his demise and plans to ruin him, even if that means bringing Tiffanie down as well.

Trey is sure he will succeed, but he doesn’t know that there will be deadly consequences. And at the end, there will only be one man standing…

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Whew, where to start?!?! Obviously I had an idea of what the content would probably entail because of the title, but this story was told in a way that kept me interested and that I think almost everyone will be able relate to. Lust. Desire. Taboo. If folks are being honest then we will admit there was at least one time in our lives that we wanted something and/or someone we shouldn’t.

“God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. And if you can bear it, you can get out of it.”

The main character Tiffanie finds herself in an unexpected position and at times she made it hard for me to root for her and her well-being. Not only does this story focus on Tiff’s dilemma but it also has very important lessons in regards to loyalty, friendship, and forgiveness. Murray weaves a seamless storyline that delivers a valuable message on how it is imperative that we turn to God when fighting a battle instead of trying to do it on our own. As always, Ms. Murray delivers on all of the elements that I enjoy in a book: fully developed characters, there’s an emotional connection, and it makes you stop and reflect on your own life.

Today is its release day and I’d highly recommend you visit your favorite online or in-store retailer and grab a copy!!

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Review: All He Wants For Christmas by Elle Wright

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Morgan Smith is more than ready to settle down with the love of his life. He fought hard for Syd, and just thinking about calling her “Mrs. Smith” . . . man, he’d happily elope right now. But his bride wants a Christmas wedding, and he’s not going to disappoint her. Nothing will stop him from meeting her at the end of that aisle-until one night changes everything.

Sydney Williams’ world could not be more perfect: an amazing man, a beautiful daughter, and soon the wedding of her dreams. But a heart-stopping message in the middle of the night quickly turns her blue skies stormy. Now Morgan’s in danger and the only Christmas miracle Syd wants is to hear his voice again . . .

A sexy Christmas novella in Elle Wright’s Edge of Scandal series. Other books in the Edge of Scandal series:
The Forbidden Man
His All Night
Her Kind of Man

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“I love you. I’m not going to be satisfied if we have to wait any longer. So marry me. Today. Right now.”

Now, that’s what I call a sense of urgency! There’s nothing quite like a man not only knowing what he wants, but also seeing him express it to the woman he loves. Morgan has absolutely no shame in letting everyone know that Syd is the woman for him and that he intends to spend the rest of his life with her. Their romance (pun intended) is one that romance books are truly written about. There is a slight trace of fairy tale, but for the most part, it is a realistic story.

This book is a novella so there really isn’t a need for a long, drawn out review. All He Wants For Christmas does have one unexpected turn and it truly threw me for a loop. It caused the book to become much more emotional and it added some depth. All He Wants For Christmas is a great addition to the Edge of Scandal series. If you haven’t read the previous books, then I highly recommend that you do. Elle Wright is a gem in the romance genre and she deserves to be a household name!!

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