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"An uplifting account of struggles and adjustments." ---Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Kimberla Lawson Robyis the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series as well as many other novels and novellas. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060593652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060593650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading Casting the First Stone, Kimberla Roby's 2nd novel, I had to read her 1st, Behind Closed Doors. For a first attempt at writing a novel, this book was acceptable. The storyline was excellent, but her use of language and point illustration were below average. Her brand-name droppping brought her writing style down even more i.e., "She placed her Coach purse in the lower-right hand drawer and sat her black Coach briefcase on the floor." Everytime a handbag, among other things, was mentioned, the brandname was sure to follow. Spare me! Less is more sometimes. Furthermore, her sentences did not flow very well. It was as if she was writing for her junior high english teacher and afraid of getting her paper back full of red marks. Each sentenced was structured "too perfectly." However, if you look over the writing style and focus on the storyline you will find a very entertaining story of two friends going through the trials and tribulations of being "thirtysomething." What do you do when you have what you've always dreamed of -- perfect house, perfect careers, loving husbands, etc., and things go awry? Read and find out....
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By A Customer on December 28, 1998
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I think the book was a rush project. Ms. Roby did not take the time to develope her characters and the use of the designer labels wore me out! I thought it was a bite over exxagerated and not detailed in areas that may have helped readers enjoy it more. She's young and I do hope to read her writings in the future hopefully showing her developing more as a writer. I wish her the best of luck on her future projects.
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By kendari2 on September 29, 1999
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I had read this book once before, and as I was going through my numerous books, I decided to re-read this one. When I first read it I didn't realize how much name dropping the author did. I mean did we really have to know what kind of outfit each character had on or that it was a designer label? Come on now!! As for the book, the storyline was entertaining, but it seemed that towards the end the author just decided to quit writing and come up with an easy ending. I have also read her book Here and Now, and you can definitely tell the difference from first novel to second. Much success to Kim in the future. Peace!!
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the old saying you don't miss your water till the well runs dry is true,both woman went through typical marital situations,both ended up with happy endings,so proud of Regina for realizing Larry didn't deserve her. happy as all get out that Karen and John were able to solve their situation.
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I am currently going thru a very painful seperation with an unfaithful husband. The circumstances in this book are similiar. I found myself identifying with the character Regina totally. Girlfriend even smokes the same brand of cigarettes that I do...Capre menthol 120s.
This book got so deep and personal that there were many times that I had to put it down because my body began to shake.
This book is definately a must read. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Trust me.
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I read "Behind Closed Doors" after reading and enjoying the author's latest book, "Casting the First Stone". The difference in writing skills is like night and day. I assume Kensington Books, Ms. Roby's publisher of all but her first book made sure an editor helped before publication. Her first book was self-published, certainly a brave effort, but the lack of editing is glaring.
My impression of "Behind..." was that Ms. Roby had talent, wrote an entertaining and plausible story that most people can identify with (hence the book's popularity) - HOWEVER...numerous grammatical and spelling errors, atrocious sentence construction, and a virtual altar to naked and rampant materialism (how many Coach handbags and briefcases can one describe??)were a huge and disappointing distraction. One could open a department store or two with the number of name-brands mentioned ad nauseum.
If this is supposed to be a model for the attitudes of the black middle class then this country and its children are all in serious trouble. Consumerism at all cost rather than an investor/wealth-building mentality seemed to be the message. More troubling is the fact that despite these serious shortcomings the book was lauded to the skies. It is one thing to praise and encourage budding talent while offering constructive feedback to ensure constant improvement and "bigger and better things". It is quite another to ignore serious flaws and lavish awards instead. It is like awarding an A for C- or D work - how does this benefit the author??
A disturbing thought is that there is such a dearth of good writing that there are no standards anymore. Either people do not read at all or do not remember what good writing looks like. As a result anything that seems entertaining is assumed to equate to 5 stars.
Read her latest book to see the difference, then revaluate this first book.
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This item came as expected and in perfect condition. I have not read it yet but I am crazy about Kimberla Lawson Roby's books so I know it will be great when I read it. I just wanted to complete my set of her books.
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I think for her first book it was well written. I loved the story line. She had me thinking what is going to happen next. This noval just shows you that no one is perfect and when life throws you curve balls you gotta know how to move on from the bad things that happen that is not in our control. I think the men in the book were selffish. Dealing with a man who got gambling problem and a man that cheating on his wife is hard to deal with it. Its funny how the man that was cheating he though that the grass was greener on the other side. you can tell he was cheating because now he workin long hours , going on more business trips and going out every friday night with his boys playin card ect... this book just proves you never know what might be going on behind closed doors. I think anyone who loves to read should buy this book. Its a page turner and you wont want to put it down. I LOVED THIS BOOK BUY IT READ IT!
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