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Natalie, a corporate attorney in New York, returns home to Philadelphia when her mother passed suddenly. Her mother started a law firm with her best friend Sarah's mother. Sarah works in their mother's law firm and Natalie decides to move home also to work at the firm and take care of her widowed father. While there, she does a lot of reflecting about her relationship with her "friend with benefits", which has ran its course, the relationship she had with her mom, and her friendship with Sarah. Sarah is dating a black man about whom Natalie is harboring a secret. Sarah's boyfriend is not a favorite of Natalie, and without revealing his secret, Natalie can't explain that her unwillingness to embrace him is not because they are an interracial couple; it is much deeper than that.
I was somewhat confused about the title of the book, MY BEST WHITE FRIEND, because there was very little involvement of Sarah's character in the book. Skerrett included several subplots that did not deal with Sarah and Natalie's friendship and those story lines were given more attention than the story line between the two. I also found it hard to warm up to Natalie's character that obsessed about things that didn't matter. In the book, Sarah told Natalie she was sad and boring and another character told her she needed to get a life. I found myself saying the very same things while reading. The novel was well-written as far as structure, but the content failed to fully engage me.
Reviewed by Paula Henderson of the RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
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Joanne Skerrett was born in Roseau, Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean. She moved with her family to the United States as a teenager. She has worked on various news desks for several newspapers, including the Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune. She is the author of She Who Shops, Sugar vs. Spice and Letting Loose, published by Kensington Publishing Corp. She is also the author of My Best White Friend and Abraham's Treasure, recently released as eBooks on Kindle. She lives in Boston.