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After a decade of elegant pleasures and luxe living with the Atlanta brothers and sisters with the best clothes and biggest dreams, Ava Johnson has temporarily returned home to Idlewild—her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits by cold reality. But what she imagines to be the end is, instead, a beginning. Because, in the ten-plus years since Ava left, all the problems of the big city have come to roost in the sleepy North Michigan community whose ordinariness once drove her away; and she cannot turn her back on friends and family who sorely need her in the face of impending trouble and tragedy. Besides which, that one unthinkable, unmistakable thing is now happening to her: Ava Johnson is falling in love.

Acclaimed playwright, essayist, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist Pearl Cleage has created a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding, in a remarkable novel that sizzles with sensuality, hums with gritty truth, and sings and crackles with life-affirming energy.

Topics: Michigan, Atlanta, 1990s, Heartfelt, Witty, HIV/AIDS, Suicide, Sisters, Addiction, Family, Love, Teen Pregnancy, First in a Series, Female Protagonist, Second Chances, Hope, Babies, African American Author, and First Person Narration

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061807176
List price: $10.99
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chick lit for sure. ending a very sudden wrap-up--planning for a sequel? good story, ava and joyce pretty realistic but other characters pretty one-dimensional---just serving their purpose in the novel.more
A touching and humorous book, this is one of those novels that reminds you to look at even the most serious situations with a bit of humor and optimism. The book's characters are believable and perfectly written, and Cleage's writing is graceful and smart. So much is covered in this fast read, and it is covered beautifully. My one criticism is that it ends too quickly, and perhaps a bit too easily, but the read is wonderful and well worth the while regardless. Absolutely recommended.more
The main character runs to a small town after being outcast because of her HIV status. She soon learns to accept herself and allows others to love and accept her too.more
I love this book, definately amoung my all-time favorites!! Beautifully written, this book is a page turner from beginning to end! I laughed and cried, but by then end it just felt whole.more
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chick lit for sure. ending a very sudden wrap-up--planning for a sequel? good story, ava and joyce pretty realistic but other characters pretty one-dimensional---just serving their purpose in the novel.more
A touching and humorous book, this is one of those novels that reminds you to look at even the most serious situations with a bit of humor and optimism. The book's characters are believable and perfectly written, and Cleage's writing is graceful and smart. So much is covered in this fast read, and it is covered beautifully. My one criticism is that it ends too quickly, and perhaps a bit too easily, but the read is wonderful and well worth the while regardless. Absolutely recommended.more
The main character runs to a small town after being outcast because of her HIV status. She soon learns to accept herself and allows others to love and accept her too.more
I love this book, definately amoung my all-time favorites!! Beautifully written, this book is a page turner from beginning to end! I laughed and cried, but by then end it just felt whole.more
A well-written novel about a woman learning to live with the fact of being HIV positive.more
A short, fun read, with genuine characters, and some insight into what it is like to be a young successful female entrepreneur who's tested positive for HIV, and has the opportunity to re-examine her priorities.more
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