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In a novel about the tough issue of workplace racism, Anise is an M.B.A. graduate working in employee benefits for a local company in a small town outside of Chicago. She is married to a successful vice president of a pharmaceutical sales company and lives in a dream home. Professionally, she is being steered toward a position that is not of interest. On two occasions, her superiors have hired--into the position she wants--employees who are not as qualified as she. And she and her husband are at odds about the direction of their marriage. So, Anise makes decisions about her future, independent of the advice and warnings of those close to her, and accepts the reality of her professional and personal situations. She determines which battles she should tackle and which she should walk away from. In the end, Anise learns that she has the strength to handle any obstacle. A thought-provoking novel about relationships between partners, coworkers, and family. Lillian Lewis
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"A TASTE OF REALITY is a powerful and deeply satisfying read. It's Kimberla Lawson Roby at her best." -- E. Lynn Harris, New York Times Bestselling Author --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (February 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060505672
  • ASIN: B0009309GS
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,794,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Anise seems to have a picture-perfect life, a successful husband, a good career, wonderful friends and family, and material wealth. But soon her whole world begins to unravel. Her marriage is in jeopardy when she finds out that her husband is cheating with a white woman. In fact, her husband begins to resent the fact that he himself is black and tries his best to degrade fellow black people. If that were not bad enough, she finds that her company is blatantly discriminating against both women and blacks. After she is passed over twice for a promotion that she was best qualified for, she decides to fight back. She finds an unlikely ally and a possible relationship with her co-worker Frank. To add further flame to the fire, Frank happens to be white. Now she has to face her own prejudice in order to find love and deal with the scrutiny that may result from being in an interracial relationship.
Kimberla Lawson Roby has done an excellent job in exposing race relations. She not only shows discrimination in the work place and amongst whites and blacks, she takes it one step further to include black-on-black discrimination be it color (light vs. dark) or economic. She also provides a healthy dose of "reality" about interracial relationship and leaves the reader to ponder about his or her own prejudices. This is an excellent, quick read that is both romantic and socially conscious. I cannot wait for the author's next novel, which I hope will be a sequel focusing on the possible relationship between Anise and Frank.
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Format: Paperback
In the Chicago area, Anise believes she lives the perfect yuppie life. She has a loving marriage to pharmaceutical executive David and a rewarding human resources job. However, when she is passed over for a promotion in her department by someone with much less experience and education then her, she begins to question her assessment of her life. Anise feels she is a victim of either racial or gender discrimination since she has three years HR experience and an MBA while the selected person has no HR experience and an undergraduate degree. However, he had the most important criteria: white male.
David wants her to forget work and discrimination to concentrate on starting a family. Though hurt by his cavalier attitude about her career, Anise becomes even more disappointed as she also realizes that David is having an affair probably during his frequent business trips. Ignoring her broken heart instead of seeking family bliss, she decides to prove to her boss he made a mistake.
In many ways Anise is a modern day African American female equivalent to Job as almost overnight her idyllic life turns into a series of modern day trials testing her heart and soul and at times overwhelms the audience. Anise is a superb protagonist confronted with job discrimination, a cheating spouse, and her best friend with her own troubles and agenda that harm the heroine further. Fans will root for Anise to stay her course though everyone pressures her to quit, but the key to this terrific plot is the deft handling of job discrimination that showcases the talent of Kimberla Lawson Roby to entertain while focusing on a real issue.
Harriet Klausner
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Format: Hardcover
Okay! This is not a NEW topic - but look at the latest cover of Time Magazine. Racism is still an issue in this country and Mrs. Roby reminds us that racism is just not black & white but also black on black. This story hits home for me as I was subjected to negative actions at my workplace where I was the only Black. I found the writing style of this book to be both capitivating and fast paced. My mother also read my copy and she lived through racism (she was born in the South). My Mom throughly enjoyed the story. My NAACP Card reads: "If you think the struggle is over is over...think again" Until this blemish on American society is cleared, I am thankful to those like Mrs. Roby who keep these issues alive.
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By Miss T on November 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was a very easy read, I read it in only a few hours. The story was okay but pretty unrealistic in some parts. I did get into the discrimination plot at her Anise's job, so much so that I found myself skipping pages to see what she was going to do, instead of reading about her crying to her Ma. Her ex-husband was a total nut. After what he said to her I can't believe she didn't change the locks on him and throw the rest of his stuff in the street. As for her relationship with Frank, it moved wayyyyy too fast. She went from needing his help to undying love in a few pages. Except for him stalking her in the corridors at work, they hardly knew each other. What I didn't like most was the end. Having Frank turn out to be a wishy-washy jerk was a total cop out. The author spent so much time having Anise to accept her feelings for Frank and the reactions of others to her being in love with Frank. It doesn't make sense that Frank would put so much time into convincing Anise to be with him and repeatedly asking her to marry him only to consider going back to a woman who left him years ago with no explanation. If the author wanted to avoid writing an I/R romance, I think the ending could have been handled differently. This book was okay, but certainly not as good as it could have been.
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