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Seen It All and Done the Rest: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) Paperback – February 24, 2009
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This jaunty but topical coming-of-middle-age story from Cleage (Baby Brother's Blues) opens with an indignant argument about American culpability in the Iraq war, as African-American actress Josephine Evans—a self-proclaimed Las Vegas of grandmothers living and working in Amsterdam—has just been fired from a theater production, ostensibly for being too American. She returns to Atlanta to spend time with her granddaughter Zora, recently undone by her peripheral role in a splashy murder case, and to check on her family house. Josephine is hoping to keep Zora's trust while steering her away from Zora's father's tragic bout with alcohol. After seeing the cracked-out wreckage of her stretch of Atlanta's West End, Josephine also embarks on a plan with four other women to fix up her vandalized manse, a plan that includes the squatter she discovers there, Victor Causey. The plot is predictable but satisfying, and Josephine's voice comes through movingly throughout. (Mar.)
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Praise for Pearl Cleage’s Baby Brother’s Blues
“An irresistible story filled with fun, sexy, interesting characters . . . [Cleage is] at the top of her form.”
“Exciting, fast-moving . . . reads like an African American, Southern version of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City . . . The stories intersect, spawning misunderstandings, deceptions, betrayals, broken promises and double crosses. It’s all great fun.”
–The Washington Post
“All these lives and stories overlap and collide with seamless efficiency in Cleage’s fluid, poetic prose.”
“Thought-provoking and powerful . . . an intricate tale of politics, blackmail, and murder . . . Cleage proves that she has mastered the art of the written word.”
“Cleage’s descriptions are lively, her dialogue snappy, and the problems she describes are urgent and timely.”
–Deseret Morning News
“The reader is engrossed to the end.”
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delight. Grande Dame Josephine Evans has been the toast of
Amsterdam's theatre circuit for over twenty years. Aging gracefully,
at fifty-eight, her life could not be better or so it would seem.
However, Josephine discovers that it is not so hip to be an American
overseas any longer and that being American is having an effect on
her career. After all these years, she finds herself without a
contract and limited funds. So what is a woman to do? She can always
go home, she does have a niece, Zora, at home in Atlanta and a house
that has been bringing in an income for years. So surely Atlanta and
Zora will be waiting with open arms, or will they?
Zora is a smart, educated young woman who has always been the apple
of her grandmother's eyes. Her father drank himself to death at an
early age but her grandmother was always there. However, as a grown
woman, Zora finds herself in the middle of a controversy, involving
the death of a prominent citizen and she has become fodder for a
local tabloid, Dig It! The notoriety causes Zora to drop out of
college and hole-up in a luxury house in West End, with her favorite
companion, a glass of vodka. When her grandmother informs Zora of her
return, she is not as excited as she once would have been.
Jospehine's return home is filled with pain, love and laughter. She
reconnects with friends while discovering what has been going on in
the life of her granddaughter. She also discovers that change occurs
whether one is there to see it or not. I absolutely loved meeting
these characters and getting to know them. The flavor of family,
friends and community flows through the pages of this book, painting
a realistic picture of what life is really like. I also love how Ms.
Cleage touched on the subject of a woman aging gracefully. I highly
recommend Seen it All and Done the Rest to everyone.
I love the village, each persons strength and opportunity displayed so well, you fall in love with them, or your hate them. I see someone I know personally in each person, feels like Home!
Can't wait for the next book.
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