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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 any case, she's a forty-three-year-old divorcée who is doing simply high quality on her personal. There are a few rewards for dutiful daughters though--like Aaron Merritt, a wealthy, unmarried health practitioner with chocolate pores and skin and bed room eyes. . .

Aaron is quickly taking Emily to fancy eating places and alluring her to fulfill his kinfolk. 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 talents in different components. Will Emily select a dating that does not fulfill her mind--or a simple compatibility that does not really expand into the bed room? Or is there a way she will locate the easiest of either worlds?

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

"Fear and pleasure virtually bounce off the pages. A well-written tale you are going to 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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A New Kind of Bliss

Griffin is a budding identify in mainstream African American fiction. --Chicago magazineAfter her father's loss of life, Emily Yancy has the same opinion to maneuver again to her dead-end native land. yet she's dreading each minute she'll need to spend in her mother's tiny residence. in any case, she's a forty-three-year-old divorcée who is doing simply high quality on her personal.

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As I thought of Tanis, who舗d gone through school with us, it was now my turn to want to make a face. Our mothers were good friends, and there舗d always been a competition of sorts between both Tanis and I and our mothers, who were eager to brag about our accomplishments. I舗m sorry to say that I was behind in the race. 舠But I舗ve got just the man for you, Em,舡 Rosalind continued. 舠Aaron Merritt. 舡 I promptly asked, and I wasn舗t joking. I figured if he had credentials like that, it had to be because nobody wanted his ass.

Some of them I hadn舗t seen in ten or fifteen years. I舗d kept in touch with Rosalind Hunter, and even though I didn舗t have time to inform her or anyone else, I wasn舗t surprised to see her approaching. I舗d know her anywhere. Even as a teenager, Rosalind had always stood out in a crowd. She was striking, tall and slim with wide-set eyes and long black hair, only now that hair was short and auburn. 舡 I exclaimed as we embraced. 舠And the color, too. 舡 舠Thanks. 舡 She squeezed my shoulder in concern. 舡 舠Oh, I舗m doing all right.

I didn舗t tell her he舗d been widowed because I didn舗t know how she舗d react, so I merely shrugged. 舠I want you to look perfect tonight,舡 she said. She pulled her hand away and leaned back in her chair, staring at me meaningfully as she sipped her coffee. Finally, she shared her true thought with me. Not that I really needed to be reminded of it. 舡 Š At six o舗clock I ran my newly manicured fingers through my newly relaxed and wrapped hair. Mom was right舒it did look nice. I舗d gotten the stylist to even out the ends, but even after the trim it still fell nearly to my shoulder blades.

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