- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Dutton (April 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101984104
- ISBN-13: 978-1101984109
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 167 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Blackbirds
"An epic story about an epic quartet [of friends]." —Essence
“In this sensual tale, words stoke the body and the imagination. With prose that is both witty and current, Dickey chronicles the pothole-filled journey four modern black women take to find love.” —Kirkus
"Dickey...once again stirs a juicy mix of steamy sexuality with soap-opera drama...fans will be pleased to recognize characters from the author's previous novels." —Library Journal
"[An] empowering story of four women friends.... [featuring] relatable voices and feelings to difficult issues." —Booklist
"Sure to get your blood boiling (in a good way)." --USAToday.com's Happily Ever After on The Blackbirds
“Eric Jerome Dickey truly shines in this novel.” --Bookish.com
"Eric Jerome Dickey is about the best novelist going right now in terms of writing about romance and sex from the woman’s perspective. And The Blackbirds proves to be no exception." --Electric Review
Praise for Eric Jerome Dickey and his novels
“Dickey’s fans flock to his readings. . . . He’s perfected an addictive fictional formula.”—The New York Times
"Dickey has the knack for creating characters who elicit both rage and sympathy."—Entertainment Weekly
"If you’re looking for something extra steamy to keep you warm, reach for this enticing romance novel.”—Metro on Naughtier than Nice
"Dickey has deft control of each voice, and the Los Angeles backdrop is so well drawn that it becomes a character in its own right."—Publishers Weekly on Naughtier than Nice
"Must-read romance . . . A cerebral, sometimes sensual, sometimes suspenseful, and quite a memorable ride." —USAToday.com's Happy Ever After on One Night
About the Author
Eric Jerome Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him.
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Whew, that was a lot to get out. After Reading The Blackbirds, I had to literally sit still for a moment and think. This book took me on a journey through love, loss, death, independence, friendship, and the discovery of self. The story itself was so profound that I don’t feel I have the right words to explain it let alone enough words to do it justice, but here we go.
Indigo Abdulrahaman is a beautiful, yet complicated woman. She knows what she wants and who she wants. She’s not afraid to go after it either. And I tell you what, if you think you’re going to disrespect her by going after “who” she wants, you've got another thing coming…or you’ll at least end up at Vickie Secrets buying another set of thongs.
Kawanzaa Browne is one of the women in The Blackbirds whom I identified with the most. While the last time we seen her she was a little girl, hiding behind her mother’s legs just as she met her father for the “first time”, she has grown into a beautiful young woman. The heartbreak she felt behind what her ex-fiancé had done hit too close to home. But when a woman’s fed up, she meets a man who is one in five million and one who is twice the man her ex-man could ever even imagine being.
Ericka Stockwell was thirteen years old the last time we saw her. Now she’s in her mid-thirties and in remission from cancer. Like all of us, Ericka is sick of cancer and has decided to live everyday like it’s her last. The antagonistic relationship between her and her mother is something that I can’t even put into words. Mrs. Stockwell needs to have a come to Y-H-W-H talk or it’s quite possible that crossing the wrong person is going to send her to meet Jesus way before her “Christian” soul is ready. But in the midst of all of Ericka’s trauma, she finds light, love, and surprisingly, her destiny.
Speaking of destiny, the last time we saw Destiny Jones she had gone on a revenge spree that left a trail of broken, battered, and bleeding bodies in her wake. The one thing we learned about Destiny is she isn’t the one you want to cross and think you’re going to just get away with it. Even still, the court of public opinion can be brutal and even though people knew what had happened to her, Destiny is still seen as the villain. So the villain is who she became…at least in one scene.
This is where Mr. Dickey took me on a journey of self-discovery. Throughout the book, Destiny’s chapters resonated with me more than any of the women. Yes, he managed to show me a little bit of myself in all of the women throughout the book; however, Destiny’s chapters had my emotions popping like fish grease. I cried. I laughed. And then I cried while laughing. Why? Because she’s Destiny Jones, bih, and she ain’t scared of you, mamafunkers!
I could go on and on and on and on about this book, but I think I may have already said too much. One thing I must note, I want to say thank you, Eric Jerome Dickey, for telling and showing Black women that we are beautiful—flaws and all— in every color, shape, and size. Mr. Dickey showed us the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright disgraceful side of Black women. Black women aren’t merely investigated under some kind of biased microscope in this book. We’re celebrated in this book. The balance was so perfect that I cannot find anything I don’t like about The Blackbirds. Ericka’s very last chapter left me a snotty-nosed crying mess. I wasn’t ready! All-in-all, I give this book five pages (think five-stars). Nikki-Michelle recommends this book.
I started this book 2 weeks ago and went to Las Vegas on vacay with the husband for 6!days but I managed to get a read in at every turn. And I do mean AT EVERY TURN. I highly recommend this book.
This book is worth purchasing. I am a collector of beautiful things, and this is a beautiful thing.