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³I enjoyed reading this book. It took me back to when I was living on the DL and made me realize just how hard sisters love their men, even when they know the truth.²

‹J. L. King, New York Times bestselling author of On the Down Low

About the Author

Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of nine Essence bestselling novels, including The Ex Files; Too Little, Too Late; and Lady Jasmine.  Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction and Author of the Year (Female), she splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington DC.  Visit her website at www.victoriachristophermurray.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (May 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743270975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743270977
  • ASIN: B0068ETUYO
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,339,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Happily in love with her husband, Sheridan Heart is caught off guard when one morning after breakfast and kissing the kids goodbye, he tells her he's in love with someone else. Because they just celebrated Christmas and New Years with gifts of love and words of adoration, somehow his statement doesn't fit. When asked to repeat himself, he does and goes on to say that he's actually in love with a man. Sheridan's world stops as she tries to grasp the fact that the church-going, loving, and sensitive man isn't quite who she thought he was. For the past seventeen years, he's been keeping a secret that makes her question if their great love is a lie.

Amidst dealing with her own feelings, Sheridan must temper those of her two children, adjust to the attitudes of her parents, and learn when to ignore those of her church and community. She has to rely on her instinctive reactions to her husband's confession and also learn how to be patient and let him get through his problems. Though no one is sure exactly how things will turn out, it's evident that with God, all things are possible.

This is a heart-wrenching story of a woman's loss, pain and sorrow, brought about by the one person who promised to love and protect her. GROWN FOLKS BUSINESS is to be lauded for its relevance to our changing world, the lessons on love and forgiveness, as well as, how trust and faith in God can get a person through even their darkest times. Victoria Christopher Murray is one of my favorite authors, not just in the Christian Fiction genre, but she is known across genres for her ability to help the reader connect with the characters, offer compassion, and open one's eyes to all facets of a situation. Because of its subject matter, it should be read by everyone, not just by those merely looking for entertainment as it offers so much more.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal

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What do you do when the man that you have loved for the past seventeen years tells you he is unhappy with you and has fallen for man? Just days into the beginning of a brand new year, Sheridan Hart's life is turned upside down when her husband, Quentin makes this statement. Dealing with her own feelings of shock, disbelief, shame and humiliation, she must relay this news to her children, family and friends. How will they react? How can she face the church members, friends and family? Victoria Christopher Murray answers all these questions and more in her latest offering Grown Folks Business.

Sheridan Hart is stunned when her supposedly God-fearing Christian husband, Quentin announces that he is gay. It is a secret he has been keeping for many years and has finally decided that he can no longer live a lie. His announcement makes Sheridan take a look at herself. She has to deal with feelings of inadequacy as a woman and a wife. How she reacts to Quentin as a Christian is being scrutinized by church members. She gets conflicting responses from friends and family. She knows what the Word says one ought to do and she has her pastor looking out for her best interest, but she still finds it difficult to take the Christian route. The children, Chris and Tori, have two different extreme reactions. Sixteen year old Chris refuses to have a relationship with his father and denounces everything in his life prior to his father's coming out. On the other hand, nine year old Tori is accepting of her father. Unconditional love allows her to maintain a relationship with him and to accept her father's partner. Just barely getting over Quentin's betrayal, another man enters Sheridan's life. Now, she must decide if having a relationship so soon after her breakup is the right thing to do.
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After E.Lynn Harris' shocking Invisible Life novel, we have now been trained to consider that it could happen. And yet, when Sheridan's husband tells her that he is in love with another man, the news is overwhelmingly painful.

How does a woman deal with the impact of this news on her teenaged son whose manhood he feels is now called into question? How does she handle her young daughters questions about why Daddy doesn't live here anymore when she knew her parents were in love?

Victoria's new book, Grown Folks Business, takes a look at the impact of this particular type of infideity, on the wife, her children, her family and church members and the result is a very well writen novel giving us the story from the woman's perspective.

As expected in a book by Victoria, Sheridan's faith and her belief in God are the means by which she moves through this storm to another place where there is peace and once again joy and love.

A real page turner, I am sure you wil be hooked from reading the first few pages. Enjoy
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GROWN FOLKS BUSINESS by Victoria Christopher Murray

July 16, 2005

When I picked out GROWN FOLKS BUSINESS by Victoria Christopher Murray to read for review, I chose it because I enjoy African American Lit. What I didn't realize was that this was African American Christian Lit, but what really surprised me was how much I enjoyed it. Most people who know me know I am anything but a Christian, let alone a person affiliated with a religion. But, what Murray seems to do well is tell a good story, regardless of who her target audience is. The other big shocker of this story was not that the main character, Sheridan, finds out her husband of seventeen years is in love with someone else, but that he's in love with another man. Murray handled this hot topic in a Christian setting very well, and pretty much had characters that were on both sides of the gay issue, whether it was morally wrong or whether a person was born that way.

Sheridan, the main character, is almost 40, married with two children, and her husband is Quentin, who is in love with his friend Jett. GROWN FOLKS BUSINESS starts with the bombshell of Quentin being gay, and takes the family through all its stages (anger, denial, etc). Sheridan even goes to her minister to get advice on how to deal with a gay husband.

In the meantime, Quentin moves out with Jett, and Sheridan now has to pick up the pieces, helping her children deal with a parent that has left. They are not told that their father is gay, but their son accidentally finds out, and he does not take it very well. As a teenage boy of 16, he is already going through a lot of changes in this stage of growing up, and having to handle the knowledge of a gay father causes Chris to go through a lot of acting out.
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