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People who date interracially are often called traitors to their own kind. Self-haters. Sellouts.
Loan Officer Tammy McDonald has just come out of another failed relationship with a wannabe thug. To break this destructive pattern, she leaves her home city of Dallas for San Diego. As she settles in rainbow California, fantasies of meeting an ebony prince fade, so she eyes Dale Bristol as a potential ivory replacement.
Terrell Jackson is San Diego's only black optometrist. Women regularly drop in for more than just eye exams, but he stays true to his girl Tasha until a wet dream unleashes a ridiculous outburst. Fed up with her jealous fits, he denounces the common "dedramanators" in his life-black women.
Even though Penelope Miller was raised in the South by a racist father once affiliated with the KKK, she can't ignore her attraction to black men. But she never expected to fall in love with one...nor did she expect her "interracial felony" to threaten their lives.
SELLOUT follows these three individuals and the consequences of dating outside their race. In the quest to find what they think is missing in their lives, they encounter guilt, fear and mess they never anticipated...including murder. (edited by author)
JAMES W. LEWIS is a novelist and freelance writer published in several books that include Zane’s Caramel Flava, Chicken Soup for the Soul (two series), Gumbo for the Soul, Truth Be Told: Tales of Life, Love and Drama and Don’t Forget your Pepper Spray. Magazine credits include 3AM Magazine, Eyeshot, Dare Magazine, Naptural Roots Magazine, Lucrezia Magazine, Circle Magazine, Rundu Bedtime Stories and an upcoming article in the fitness magazine AFAA. His debut novel SELLOUT will launch in July 2010.
After spending twenty years in the Navy, James retired from active duty and now moonlights as a personal trainer while completing his studies in Kinesiology. In addition to writing, he loves to DJ and has a collection of over 300 vinyl records.
He also does extensive volunteer work at a local veterans assistance center. James hopes to resume his role as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers & Big Sisters program soon.read more
I must admit I was somewhat apprehensive about reading this book due to the subject matter and genre. I gave in because I need to sprinkle in books that are out of the box throughout my reviews. I also wanted to read how an African-American male author would approach the subject of interracial dating. Lewis really brought a good balance to the subject of interracial dating with the characters of Sellout. Sellout is told from the perspective of three narrators. Terrell Jackson a handsome African-American optometrist that has taken to dating white women because his ex, Tasha, was prone to jealous "fits." Terrell is kind of cocky but not arrogant. His reasoning for cutting off black women from his dating pool made me roll my eyes. Deep down he never really detached from black women he simply had not met the right one. Terrell found the black woman of his dreams in the most unlikely situation. Tammy McDonald has just walked out of a draining relationship and moved to a new city hoping to start fresh. Her white co-worker, Dale, starts her to thinking about "something new" with his persistence of asking her out.Of all the narrators, I enjoyed Tammy the most because she had such a stable voice and the author did not portray her as the angry black woman or desperate. After going out with Dale, Tammy still could not bring herself to turn her back on black men due to a few failed relationships. Tammy really worked through her hurt rationally and in the end she found her Black Prince. Tammy's best friend Sheryl was just the opposite of her. Sheryl's brother Dedrick dates Penelope and she is very vocal with her dislike towards interracial relationships. There is a shocking revelation later in the narrative that helps us understand Sheryl's anger. Our last narrator, Penelope "Nel" Miller is a white woman raised in rural MS with a racist father and brother but she has a new found taste for black men. In my opinion, Penelope's character was flat and over fantasized. Her background story had more depth than her interracial dating story with Dedrick. Their part of the story was more erotic than anything. The character that will stick with me the most from this book is Penelope's mom. She is a woman who has endured years of verbal abuse with grace. I would like to know where Lewis pulled her from. There were parts of this story where you could immediately tell the author was male. It was at these parts that I rolled my eyes the hardest. I especially wanted to skip the part when Dedrick nicknamed his "member" when he was with Penelope. Overall Sellout gives great insight into the emotional turmoil of interracial dating even though it's a work of fiction. Lewis really gives the reader two huge jolts with his ending. Source: author provided copy for reviewread more
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