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Wildflowers: A Novel Paperback – September 8, 2009
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"LeFlore's expressive prose captures the diverse and elegant perspectives of the soulfully satisfying Davis women who gather to help L.A PR whiz Chloe recover from the painful loss of her miscarriage and her brief, disastrous marriage to con man Gregory Robinson III. Chloe returns home to St. Louis to lick her wounds; waiting for her is her struggling artist mother, Joy Ann, and her sisters—Eve, who's dating a selfish boyfriend, and Fawn, who's supposedly happily married but is contemplating a torrid affair with her minister. Other women in the Davis estrogen tree have plenty of problems, too, from health issues (some grave) to more fun-of-the mill matters finding their way in life. LeFlore delivers an unmistakable message of solidarity, revealing how conflicts, when confronted together, provide solace and opportunity for growth."—Publisher's Weekly
"Tired of waiting 12 years for her true love to declare himself, 35-year-old Chloe Michaels succumbs to a whirlwind romance with another man. Within months, she knows she has made a mistake in marrying him but is too proud to admit it until a miscarriage and escalating violence drive her from L.A. and her successful business back home to St. Louis. In her hometown, she finds comfort, confusion, and tension among the strong-willed women of her family: her sisters, Eva and Fawn; her mother, Joy Ann; and her aunts, as well as the memories of family matriarchs. Old hurts, including color complexes, bubble to the surface, and old secrets are loosed as the visit uncovers a host of problems: cheating and being cheated, a cancer scare, failing careers, money woes, self doubts, troubled children. Each chapter is told through the perspective of a different woman, offering a spectrum of personalities and intertwined relationships as the women come to self-realization and an appreciation of their family ties."--Booklist
"A family of strong-willed African American women bands together to face some harsh realities.
Heartbroken and frightened after being abandoned by her mentally unstable husband of just a few months, Hollywood publicist Chloe Michaels heads to the one place she will always be welcome: her mother Joy Ann's small home in St. Louis. Staying with Joy Ann, a bohemian painter still struggling to get by, helps Chloe put her own problems in perspective.
Oldest sister Fawn leads the pampered life of a doctor's wife but inwardly lusts for her new pastor. Middle sister Eve is unhappily shacked up with the loutish Dale. Aunt Carol Jane is eating herself to death worrying about her daughter Ceci, a hard-partying single mom who displays no interest in dealing with her drug and alcohol habits. Billye Jean, Carol Jane and Joy Ann's sister, has a womanizing old coot of a husband and a middle-aged junkie son who lives on the streets. As Chloe tries to heal and plan a better future for herself, long-simmering family secrets bubble to the surface, bringing with them tensions and resentments going back decades. This leads to verbal fireworks, tragic losses, illegitimate babies and, eventually, prayers and forgiveness among the ladies. The men are for the most part weak-willed scoundrels, although Chloe meets a retired NBA player named Lance who shows some promise. LeFlore (Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, 2006, etc.) sometimes tries to do too much, and the many interconnected characters can be hard to keep track of, but this emotionally raw tale shows an authentic respect for female strength and black tradition.
Cathartic melodrama with some spiritual grounding." --Kirkus
"The 'perfect' life of a pregnant Chloe Davis Michaels changes when she flees Los Angeles to escape her violent husband. Follow Chloe's lessons on love and spirituality as she finds strength in her family of women."-- Uptown
"An intimate family portrait exploring the fierce love, powerful bond, and intricate tapestry of the lives of African American mothers and daughters. Lyah Beth LeFlore's simple, yet richly detailed writing, skillfully molds wisdom, humor, love, sadness, and triumph through a panorama of distinctive voices."
–Shelby Stone, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award winning producer of Boycott, Lackawanna Blues, and Life Support
"Lyah Beth LeFlore uses words to paint a picture of struggle, love, and faith. After reading this book I called my mother, my sister, and told my wife I love her!"
–Reggie Rock Bythewood, screenwriter of Get On the Bus and co-writer of Notorious
Top Customer Reviews
Instead of a novel that tells you what is occurring to someone, this book draws you into the life of a young lady, her family, and friends, as Chloe attempts to struggle through life and be strong. The book reads like you are having wine or drinks and talking with a group of friends rather than telling the story from the perspective of a single individual or a third party. Wildflowers envelopes you into the "lives" of each person experiencing Chloe's turmoil and assist her through the difficult times she is facing as she attempts to reinvent herself and struggle through life.
We met the author and attended the Atlanta book signing and heard her speak. Lyah Beth LeFlore is a great author and an equally amazing speaker. Her words gave me goose bumps and her voice is beautiful and amazingly powerful. If you have a chance to read the book or hear the author, or both, it will be an amazing experience, guaranteed to move you.
A family that prays together stays together.
Beyond that issue, I can see the strength of the women, so far, and I think it is always important to tell of women and their strength, especially through some of the difficult things they encounter.
Two other notes...there are a lot of characters, and it is difficult to keep track of them in the beginning. And I wish the publisher had enabled text to speech.
Chloe goes to her hometown, once her husband, Greggory betrays her in egregious ways. She simply wants to recover. However, once there she discovers that in the midst of all of her family's drama is love, healing and acceptance.
I recommend this book to all readers, but, particularly to those 'Wildflower Women' amongst us...
angelia vernon menchan
Author of Mrs. Black?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't like this book. Author introduced too many characters and the plot was a bit confusing. This was my first time reading a book by this author.... Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by S. Jones
WILDFLOWERS invites the reader to take a journey with Chloe Davis Michaels as she experiences a rollercoaster ride of love, hate, fear and family. Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
I truly enjoyed reading Wildflowers. This was one of Lyah's best books. The characters made you laugh & cry. It was a quick read, well put together. I just loved it. Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Geraldine Strickland-Dunn