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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525946039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525946038
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Dickey (Liar's Game) shows a skillful hand once again with sensational relationships and heady sensuality in his lively fourth novel, another winner. Exploring the dynamics of a complex and emotive love triangle, he injects some autobiographical detail into the mix by making his unnamed protagonist and first-person narrator a popular L.A.-based African-American author. This author is riding the wave of a book-signing tour in Oakland, Calif., but is still reeling from the repercussions of being stood up at the altar by seven-year lover and secretly budding lesbian Nicole. The runaway bride abandons the ceremony for some much-needed self-exploration, and though she's still in love with her ex-fianc‚, she quickly moves in with female lover Ayanna, a fiery, cynical attorney. A year later, Nicole gets busy alternating dates with both partners; this proves complicated and emotionally draining for all three. When they all finally come together, there is a dialogue-heavy, war of the roses-style battle for Nicole's heart (sandwiched between some particularly vigorous erotic play, Dickey-style). A tragic turn of events forces both Ayanna and the novelist to reexamine their narcissistic motivations and reconsider their capacity to love without limitations. The pace of this character-driven novel is unhurried, highlighting Dickey's celebrated contemporary vernacular, thinly veiled social commentary and comedic sarcasm. While his somewhat shallow emotional portrait of Nicole might not fully convince readers that she's worth all the trouble she causes, at the same time he manages to demonstrate just how blind and blissfully numbing true love can be. This is another spicy slice of African-American dramatic fiction from an author who seems only to get better. (July)Forecast: Jacketed in the familiar, brightly colored Dickey style, this quality crowd-pleaser will leap off display tables. Chances are it'll hit bestseller lists early, given an extra boost by a 20-city author tour.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The author of best sellers like Liar's Game sets up an unusual triangle. After seven happy years, Nicole has dumped her boyfriend (who narrates) and fallen in love with a woman. But she can't help trying to entice her former love back into her life.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey is the author of twelve novels, including the bestsellers Genevieve, Drive Me Crazy, Naughty or Nice, The Other Woman, and Thieves' Paradise. Dickey writes full time and is developing a six-issue mini-series of comic books for Marvel Enterprises featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dawn R Reeves on July 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The narrator is left at the altar and discovers that his would be bride has another partner. Surprise-the partner is a woman.
This book is not a typical romance or contemporary fiction where you have a lover's triangle. This triangle involves a man and two women; One of the main character's wants both lovers. One of those lovers wants to complete the triangle thus making a circle. Another surprise, it is not who you would assume. What is so intriguing about this novel is that it is a deep, psychological look into sexuality and how some may question their own identity. With this novel you have betrayal, jealousy, deceit and self-discovery. Also, material wealth comes into play in the form of self-promotion.
You want to dislike one of the main characters, Nicole, because at first glance she is spoiled, hypocritical and selfish. But for some reason you cannot dislike her. I found myself cheering on the narrator wishing that he would come out the winner. In the end he was a winner. The feelings are also explored of the secondary characters such as the parents and friends of the main characters. Those secondary characters provide some insight into the behavior of your major players.
I've only read Sister, Sister, Cheaters and Friends and Lovers and was surprised at the level this book took on. It was not what I expected.
This reader is in awe! KUDOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Janeth C. Walker on July 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've had the opportunity to read 54 reviews of EJD's latest addition to the contemporary market and felt compelled to give my opinion on the book in hopes that it might assist other potential readers to understand Between Lovers. Simply put, the novel is "fiction". It's imaginative with creativity and not necessarily written based upon any real truth.
Between Lovers is a "love triangle" that happen to be narrated by a man who allowed himself to love openly. Was he a wimp? I don't believe so. What I do believe is that "he" believed he loved Nicole more than life itself. He gave her his heart and the depth of love that's infinite. We may not all believe this to be possible in our "real worlds", but perhaps to this character, he actually loved her that deeply "and" without boundaries. Love is not something that you turn on and off when you have a bad day or your mate disappoints you. The narrator truly knows and understands "his" degree of love.
Are some of the scenes in Between Lovers.........out there? That depends on what you like. But when considering the narrator and again his depth of love for Nicole..............absolutely ANYTHING was possible for him. Was it intense? Without a doubt............but intensity is what you make it.
Could EJD have done some things differently or told the story more to my liking? Maybe....maybe not............nonetheless it doesn't take away the level of creativity that EJD has to bring to his market of contemporary AA fiction. I believe that he touched on a subject that might be a little too close for comfort for some and non-affecting for others. Yet and still, it was intensly bold and very much an interesting read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nathalie on August 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have all of Eric's books in Hard Cover. I support my AA authors, because that's how I do things. My mind is open, my heart is open and I appreciate new ideas, new concepts and respect authors for traveling the road not taken. This book was terrible, though. I didn't go so far as to throw it across the room when I finished it, but if I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have spent my [price] on a new pair of shoes.
Liar's Game was bad enough, but when you think "he can't get any worse" here comes Between Lovers. I guess my issue revolves around my inability to identify with the characters. I didn't love to hate anyone - I just didn't like 'em. None of 'em. Not Rev. We Shall Overcome, not Mrs. Bible, not wishy washy Nicole, not combative Ayanna and not the weak and nameless main character. I didn't notice any character developement in this book at all. I also agree with the reader who called the book preachy and moralistic. If I want that, I'll pick up my Bible.
As far as I'm concerned, EJD has two strikes. He needs to redeem himself with a quickness, or I'll end up with a few new pairs of shoes!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Eric Jerome Dickey, so I rushed to the store and bought this book the first day it came out. I was extremely disappointed with the book. The book is out of character for EJD. Dickey is a talented writer and I believe he was trying to display his diversity as an author with this book; unfortunately the book is a flop. The book felt like a rushed product. It lacked character development and the plot went nowhere. The story is told first person by a narrator who is never given a name. This makes the book an extremely difficult read because at times you are unable to determine who is speaking. I oftentimes had to back up several times to determine who was speaking.
Another concern I had with the novel is that I felt it was unrealistic. The three characters are caught in a love triangle. Nicole is in love with both the narrator and her lover Ayanna. They are both determined to have her for themselves, thus they submit themselves to acts neither one of them is comfortable performing. Dickey himself makes the clearest point to contradict the character's silly actions. At one point in the book it is stated that if the love triangle were between a woman and two men the man surly would not accept this type of behavior and allow his woman to see another man. Why should we believe then that the situation should be any different because the narrator's woman is in love with another woman?
I was not drawn to any of the characters. As a reader I never developed a sense of empathy or connection with any of them. Although I did feel bad for Nicole because of her struggle with her sexuality, that empathy was diminished because she was extremely selfish. No woman can have two people, regardless of whether it is two men or a man and a woman.
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