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Phenomenal Praise For Pat G'orge-Walker And Her Novels

"Pat G'Orge-Walker has done it again! Cruisin' on Desperation is a winner! Using the one-of-a-kind humor that has made her the queen of gospel comedy, Ms. Walker pens a tale so funny that you'll fall out of your chair laughing, and so poignantly realistic that you'll wipe tears from your eyes...a must-read." --Angela Benson, author of The Amen Sisters on Cruisin' on Desperation

"Page-turning laughs, a soul-stirring message, and characters you won't soon forget...after reading Pat G'Orge-Walker's Cruisin' on Desperation, your cruise through life and faith will never be the same." --Stacy Hawkins Adams, author of Nothing But the Right Thing and Speak To My Heart on Cruisin' on Desperation

"If laughter is supposed to be the best medicine, this book is a cure-all! You'll never look at cruising the same way again." --Tia McCollors, author of Zora's Cry and A Heart of Devotion on Cruisin' on Desperation

"Pat G'Orge-Walker continues to be one of my favorite writers of all time. Cruisin' on Desperation is full of fun-loving, unforgettable characters that readers will find themselves endeared to for years to come. --Zane, New York Times Bestselling Author and Publisher of Strebor Books International on Cruisin' on Desperation

"Pat G'Orge-Walker's Crusin' on Desperation is a full-blown cure for what ails you. Her book is filled with memorable characters that will long dance in your head and have you laughing a torrential rain of tears. Pat's artful style of storytelling is both joyful and genuine." --Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma of Good Times) on Cruisin' on Desperation

"This novel is the best of its kind, and it's easy to see how G'Orge-Walker has carved out a comfortable niche for herself as the queen of gospel comedy literature." --QBR on Mother Eternal Ann Everlastin's Dead

"Another hilarious romp with Sister Betty." --Black Issues Book Review on Mother Eternal Ann Everlastin's Dead

"Christian comedy fiction at its best." --Library Journal on Mother Eternal Ann Everlastin's Dead

About the Author

Pat G'Orge (pronounced Gee-or-jay)-Walker is a former record industry veteran who has worked for several major labels including Epic, Def Jam, and Columbia. She has also performed with the legendary 60's girl group, Arlene Smith and the Chantels ("Maybe") as well as with gospel groups. In 2003, G'Orge-Walker released Sister Betty! God's Calling You, Again! to be directly followed by Mother Eternal Ann Everlastin's Dead in 2004. In between writing books and spending time with her husband Rob in their Long Island, New York home, Pat is busy touring the country performing her sold-out One Woman Sister Betty comedy show.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Printing edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758218869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758218865
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Pat G'Orge (pronounced Gee-or-jay) - Walker is in a league of her own. This accomplished Christian author and comedienne has an amazing mind and talent for turning her observations of church life into gems of sidesplitting humor. It is her own special gift from God that enables G'Orge-Walker to depict the often ridiculous antics of church folk without subverting the Good News or watering down the potency of its message.

Pat G'Orge-Walker has paid a high price for the ever-present smile on her face. This Mt. Vernon, New York PK (preacher's kid) has survived a raging house fire; a violent assault; a car crash that mangled her body and a viral infection that left her temporarily blinded. Through it all, Pat quietly soaked in material from her father's Baptist congregation and her mother's Pentecostal assembly to create the stories that keep readers and audiences howling with laughter. Pat is a 'kept woman' whose life is held firmly and safely in God's hand. Mercy and compassion season every word spoken or written by Pat, who makes her story palpitate in the hearts of people who readily relate to victory over adversity.

The First Lady of Gospel Comedy forges a successful
career as author and comedian. She has paved the way for
many others in both fields. Pat's storytelling is likened to
Zora Neale Hurston's folklore'a documentation of
American culture and church life in literature.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharel Love on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Author Pat G'Orge-Walker has penned a wonderful, wonderful book that will make you belly laugh, especially while you think of certain church members who could definitely be Mother Pray Onn or Mother Blister in "Cruisin' On Desperation."

This is one book I have to start off saying, "See, what had happened was..." The members of the Oh Lawd, Why Am I Still Single Singles Club could not take it another moment after a string of women were married in the summer of 2005. We are talking about women too old to get a man, or too ugly to get a man, and one who married a thug in order to get a man. Whatever the reason, the members of the Oh Lawd, Why Am I Still Single Singles Club had to come up with their best plot to get a man and get married. So the planning and plotting began.

Sis. Need Sum was the president of the Singles Club, and she was the one who made the final decisions concerning what they would do. By the time she consulted with Mother Blister, Birdie Tweet, Petunia, Cill and Ima Hell Raiser, they concocted a plan that included going on a cruise to get back at Lyon Lipps an ex-con who made a living taking advantage of women. Oh it was pay back time for real, with a side order of "get a man" while they were on the cruise.

The women were able to pull it off while doing things to slight each other at the same time. But as always, author G'orge-Walker will have you in stitches while she takes you on the journey in the lives of the characters as they begin to transform by the power of God. Important life lessons are in this comedic read, and you will find out that there is no need to worry about getting a man, getting married or anything else you think God should hurry and do with your help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alvin C. Romer on May 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pat G'Orge-Walker is back! The latest book featuring the antics of Ain't Nobody Right But Us - All Others Going To Hell Church by this illustrious author, is yet another offering that proves that her talent for imagery is just as good as it's always been. You may remember her from the tales told emanating from her Sister Betty series of books. If you thought they were hilarious then, wait until you've met with the members of the `Oh-Lawd-Why-Am-I-Still-Single' church group on the current outing! The author in her new book, Cruisin' On Desperation, curtails their antics rather succinctly. Now, this is no ordinary group of ecclesiastical church abiding members. In my opinion, the one thing that stands out while reading this book is the characterization, and how the different settings mesh with a less than embellished storyline.

As a matter of fact, the latter is not indicative of how I rated the book...rather it's the way she allows each character to be the star of their own Diaspora while still managing to be a bridge to each other, which makes the difference. To this effect, the author does an outstanding job of allowing the characters to shine in lieu of a traditional storyline where plot, back-story, and setting are usually apropos. Each of them is aptly introduced, and the author did a good job of putting me in position to wonder which character I like best. Just when I thought one would win out, another would do something that would cause me to want to gain favor. I found out that no one character is solitary for my vote - they ALL win! But let me share with you a few of these characters in name only. You'll have to read the book to get the low down! Check out Sister Need Sum, twins Lyon and Lionel Lipps, Bea Blister, Slim Pickens, Ima Hellraiser, Birdie Tweet, Sasha Pray Onn...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deltareviewer VINE VOICE on April 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When was the last time you have a deep belly crying laugh? Well, that was too long ago. The ladies in the Oh Lawd, Why Am I Still Single Singles Club will have you hootn' and hollerin over their conversations and plan to get back at Lyon Lipps. Their names and personalities alone bring about a chuckle; let me tell you about them. Cill and Petunia argued amongst each other but they were the mild ones in the group. Mother Blister was older than dirt, would forget her thoughts in mid-sentence, and had lost control of her bladder. Sister Need Sum (Needy) was the president of the club and clearly ran the show. Birdie Tweet is rich and doesn't mind throwing her money around. It just happens that she is the first and only white sister in the group.

Their plan was complex; see they tricked Lyon Lipps into believing that he won a cruise on the ship desperation. The ladies would create chaos on board, make Lyon's life hell all while enjoying a much needed vacation. However, the club can't do it all themselves they called in reinforcements: Sister Ima Hellraiser daughter of Sister Areel Hellraiser and Mother Pray Onn. The antics of these `church folk' come to a screeching halt when the Holy Spirit shows up and shows out. The drama is still working at home because Cill and Petunia can't make the trip but their hands are full trying to uncover dirt at home while dealing with Ima's cat, Evilene.

CRUISIN' ON DESPERATION offers a comedic twist on stereotypical church ladies. Be ready to laugh at the development and execution of the mission to destroy one man. The only problem is that in order to complete their task they will learn the real meaning of living for God. There are times when the action lags and the antics of Mother Pray Onn and Mother Blister are unbelievable.
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