From Publishers Weekly
Monroe (God Don't Like Ugly
) and McGlothin (Down on My Knees
) each contribute a short novel to this curiously packaged product. Monroe's Nightmare in Paradise
features 31-year-old Renee, a second grade teacher and self-proclaimed "Miss Goody Two-Shoes" who, with wild best friend Inez, goes to the Caribbean to "get loose." Frustration with her own meek nature and an admission by Inez—she slept with Renee's husband before they married—propel Renee into a one-night stand that results in her arrest for prostitution. When husband Leon won't pony up the fine, Renee is jailed for three months—plenty of time to decide who stays in her life. Monroe's earnest melodrama suffers, however, from its proximity to McGlothin's dazzling Bad Luck Shadow
. Set in 1946, the story's hero is Baltimore Floyd, a dashing scoundrel with charisma to burn. Fleeing Harlem and a gambling debt, Baltimore steals into a neon-lit Kansas City, where he holes up in old love Franchetta's cathouse and plans the takedown of a high-stakes card game. McGlothin's tale is sophisticated and sexy, with the plotting and pacing of first-rate noir. If cross-promotion is the impetus for this project, Monroe may earn a few new readers, but McGlothin's fan base is sure to swell. (Dec.)
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Praise for Mary Monroe
"Full of emotion,Red Light Wives
is a piece of art that is truly unconventional and unsurpassable." --Black Issues Book Review
"Mary Monroe is a remarkable talent."--Chicago Sun-Times"[Gonna Lay Down My Burdens]
opens with a bang. . ..a standout."--Publishers Weekly
"Magnificent, coarse, funny and terrifying."--The San Francisco Chronicle
on The Upper Room
"Clearly the work of a real talent." --San Jose Mercury News
on The Upper RoomPraise for Victor McGlothin
"[A] new and refreshing voice in the world of contemporary African-American fiction."--QBR
"Victor McGlothin has written an amazing story of spiritual and emotional redemption." --Victoria Christopher Murray, #1 Essence
® bestselling author of Grown Folks Business
Two gripping tales of loss and redemption by two of the most gifted, elegant voices in African-American fiction.
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