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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416514503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416514503
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,629,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“This book was an easy read...The story draws you in, it's humorous and romantic, and you do care about the characters' outcome.” -- Cydney Rax, Book-Remarks

"This is a keeper." -- The Daily Oklahoman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the #1 national bestselling author of eight previous novels for adults, as well as the Good Girlz teen series. She has won numerous awards for her journalism and fiction, including the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas Writing Association and the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author for her first novel, My Brother’s Keeper. Her short fiction appears in the story anthology Have a Little Faith. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Help! I’ve Turned Into My Mother. ReShonda welcomes readers to her websites at www.reshondatatebillingsley.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I am a former news reporter and anchor, who now writes books full-time. I'm the author of twenty-seven books and a mother to three. My sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah's Flava Unit, Royal Ties Productions and Bobcat Films. (Oh, and I do make my film debut as well! Look for me in the church scene!)Honored to have won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Say Amen, Again. I'm also a proud University of Texas at Austin graduate. Not only do I love writing, I love reading almost as much!

Customer Reviews

The characters were well developed. the book has many surprises.
S. Palmer
The one lesson learned and overall message was to forgive and overcome hatred or it can destroy you and your relationships.
Dawn R Reeves
In reading this book I felt so many emotions, I smiled, cheered, and cried.
Lady K

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on July 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
After reading My Brothers Keeper, I find it hard to believe this is a debut novel. ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a name that literary readers will come to know and love. This novel is by far one of the best debut novels I've read to date and has been placed thus far as one of my best reads of 2001.
ReShonda takes us inside the lives of the James' clan, at one time the picture perfect family with a loving father, doting mother and three carefree children. That is until the patriarch of the family loses his job and with that his identity as a man. Their father's only sense of self-worth is in the nearest bottle of alcohol, a dime bag of ... and the bruises he leaves on the woman he promised to love 'till death do us part'. One night during his tirade Gerald (father) goes too far and forces his children to come to the aid of their mother. Their son Eric and youngest daughter Jada comes to their mother's rescue while Aja (pronounced Asia) stands by and does nothing. The course of events that happen that night will change their lives forever.
Meet Aja who thirteen years later has taken on the role of Eric and Jada's keeper. Aja seems to have it all; great looks, a job she loves and a best friend that personifies the true meaning of sisterfriend. However, Aja uses her siblings as a crutch to hold onto the past, avoiding all future happiness with handsome sportscaster, Charles Clayton. Charles is the epitome of the perfect man, willing to stand by Aja as she deals with her ghost from the past. Their romantic attempts are continuously interrupted by Eric, who's anger has become parallel to that of their father. Eric is an NBA hopeful who's so concerned with not being like his father that he becomes him anyway.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on April 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Am I my brother's keeper? For Aja James the answer to this question is yes.
After surviving an ugly past that left scars to her entire family, Aja James
still struggles to keep herself and her siblings together.
When she was a child, Aja watched as her father murdered her mother in a
drunken rage. This act destroyed the family as her father went to prison and
Aja and her brother and sister were sent to live with different family
members. Aja emerged from this tragedy seemingly unscathed except for her
extreme protectiveness of her brother and sister, her hate for her father, and
her emotional scars that form a wall around her heart and block her chances for
a lasting relationship. Her brother, Eric, emerged angry, filled with rage and
violent tendencies. Her younger sister, Jada, faded into a world of silence
that locked her into the past.
My Brother's Keeper is largely about how these siblings deal with their wounds
and try to figure out how to deal with their father as he approaches his
release date from prison. Aja, Eric and Jada struggle to rebuild the stability
that died with their mother long ago. Their desire for that stability both
brings them closer together and drives them farther apart.
My Brother's Keeper is a compelling and bittersweet read.
Reviewed by Diane Marbury (HonestD)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dawn R Reeves on July 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
The story of the James family takes us into their world of despair, domestic violence, anger and hatred. As the book opens you are exposed to a tragic act of violence that will haunt the children into adulthood.
Aja, the oldest takes on the responsibility of being her brother and sister's keeper at the expense of her own needs. Aja was so concerned about Eric's need for help that she didn't realize that she too had a need for help. The one theme that struck this reader was Aja placing blame on her brother's behavior on the father. While that may have been the case to a certain degree, Eric needed to let it go to heal. Little sister Jada is the one that helped all to realize that to forgive is to be free. And Roxanne, aka Roxie, was funny as all get out and provided some much needed humor and insight for Aja.
The one lesson learned and overall message was to forgive and overcome hatred or it can destroy you and your relationships. You will learn something about forgiveness with this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janeth C. Walker on June 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an incredibly written story about a family who suffers an extremely horrific tragedy that affects the lives of each and every member. It's a story about survival and maintaining one's sanity and developing the strength to move forward. It's about dealing with life long affecting issues up front and center and learning forgiveness in order to put the past behind you. The characters are so individual and lively that they engulf you from the first page.
Creatively written, MY BROTHER'S KEEPER is a real true page turner that is bound to leave readers in "AWE" of the authors ability to sweep you in from the very first sentence!
A definate "MUST READ" that deserves more than 5 stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tanisha Blacknell on April 10, 2001
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I just finished reading My Brother's Keeper by Reshonda Tate Billingsley and I must say I am impressed. For a first time author, Reshonda did an excellent job. The characters were so real and many of the issues really hit home. These were people that you see everyday or may even be friends with. I love how Reshonda explored the thoughts and feelings of each character. The climax was one that I never expected to happen. The book held my attention the entire way through. I read the book in one day!
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