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By Kristin Hunter Lattany

Zena (short for Zenobia) Lawson honors all issues African--art, tradition, historical past. So whilst fortune arms her a twenty-year-old Nigerian lady short of transitority housing, in fact Zena and her husband Lucius bounce on the probability to assist. To Zena, Ifa Olongo is an unique good looks with adequate haughtiness and beauty for 3 royal households. let alone the daughter she by no means had. yet as Zena's ally Vy retains reminding her, Ifa is not any girl--she's a tender lady with risky curves that any guy could simply like to skid his tires across.

But Zena, a former glamour queen herself, has difficulties distinguishing among glitter and genuine gold. For Ifa's identify capability life--and she'll gather it . . . in any way necessary.

The ever-widening hole among Africans and African-Americans--and the powerful yet precarious hyperlink that bridges it . . . The unforeseen peril of romanticizing our roots--and the foreigners who symbolize them . . . the significance of taking good care of others--without sacrificing oneself . . . Kristin Hunter Lattany weaves those parts right into a novel crackling with wit, intelligence, and mischief, and takes political correctness and Afrocentricity and turns them the wrong way up.

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I attempt to positioned him first and people reduce on my checklist. i'm made up our minds that my tremendous, tremendous husband won't ever need to pass with no loving and residential cooking. i'm a soulful lover, and i'm no longer a nasty cook dinner. I supply Lucius his favourite, beef chops and gravy, just once a month, simply because he has strain and has to monitor his ldl cholesterol. i've got came upon fat-free beef gravy on the shop, and i've constructed a couple of hundred how you can make fish and chicken fascinating. I positioned cornmeal on Lucius’s fish while I fry it for him, yet I don’t repair it that manner quite often. more often than not, I grill it or bake it. My peppery baked whitings are well-known, and so are my sweet-and-sour chook and my garlic-marinated turkey cutlets. i'm seriously into vegetables nowadays, and that i see to it that they're the largest mound on his plate. a few girls don’t like interference whilst they’re cooking, yet i admire it whilst Lucius hangs round the kitchen and lifts pot lids and sniffs and asks foolish questions. I specifically like it whilst he additionally breathes on my neck. i do know I stuck whatever unique whilst I stuck Lucius Lawson, and it truly is my goal to carry directly to him. I gown plainer at the outdoor nowadays, yet you want to see my number of undies! Victoria’s “Secret” is simple—she seemed in my cloth cabinet drawers. while I met Lucius, he have been divorced a couple of 12 months. He had simply installed for early retirement from the publish place of work and used to be campaigning for a seat on our urban council. i used to be energetic in politics in these days, so certainly i used to be invited to the entire dinners and fund-raisers and met all the applicants. humans frequently inquire from me how i've got the strength to do all the pieces I do—business, attractiveness indicates, politics, golf equipment, crafts—but i'm simply the kind of character who needs to be doing anything forever. a physician informed me it’s my excessive metabolism. All i do know is, if I don’t retain busy, i am getting frightened. in recent years, although, i've got began doing much less. i've got spotted that my strength drops within the afternoon and back after dinner, whilst I usually desire a nap. occasionally I get away in a surprising sweat, and while that occurs, I can’t do whatever yet relaxation for a few hours. My health professional prescribed estrogen, yet I informed him nonsense, I’m too younger for menopause to be taking place! along with, like such a lot African american citizens, I don’t belief medication. whilst i am getting these spells, I simply make myself a cup of tea and placed my toes up, and shortly I’m high quality. i could need to move on these little tablets ultimately, yet now not but. I’m too younger! There are days whilst i believe my store can be attending to be an excessive amount of for me to address. That’s whilst I’m particularly thankful to have Vy. i do know i will be able to constantly take off for an hour or , and he or she will retain every thing below keep an eye on. I’ve performed that a variety of instances in recent times, and that i wish she is familiar with her Christmas bonus was once a thank-you for overlaying for me. That’s why it bothers me that she used to be dissatisfied by means of Ifa. i would like her greater than ever nowadays. occasionally a attractiveness store can quite get to be a mom, you recognize? There’s the warmth, and the status, and the inhaling hair and smoke, plus placing up with the complaining shoppers, and the inexpensive ones who don’t are looking to pay my costs, and the hardheaded ones who wish what they shouldn’t have, and the wishy-washy ones who don’t understand what they need, yet are by no means happy.

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