Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bookshelf: E. Lynn and Terry Return

Two giants in contemporary Black American literature have new releases. Famed author E. Lynn Harris has a new book in stores now. The late author-laureate of the black gay experience is back with the second novel of his to be published posthumously. In My Father's House tells the story of bisexual owner of a Miami modeling agency, Bentley L. Dean III, who struggles with a strained relationship with his homophobic father and the events that erupt after his business takes a hit during the recession. This story of second chances is sub-titled The Chronicles of Bentley L. Dean, implying that Harris intended to have it function as an installment in a series. Honestly, I love that the work of Harris is still being released but I was not thoroughly pleased with Basketball Jones. I didn't even finish Mama Dearest. Has Harris captured the magic of Invisible Life? We will see. Either way, I'm buying.

In My Father's House hit the shelves on June 22, 2010.

The best-selling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Disappearing Acts is back with her newest effort, a sequel to her most famous novel to date, Waiting to Exhale. Terry McMillan's Getting to Happy returns us to the lives of Bernadine, Gloria, Robin, and Savannah fifteen years later. Each of the beloved heroines are now struggling with mid-life woes. Finding the women now roughly in their fifties, can McMillan's character's maintain the sass and sparkle that captivated readers and carried a blockbuster film? Waiting to Exhale is a staple in Black contemporary literature and film. Can the sequel live up to its predecessor's monster success? Or will it leave the readers wishing we had left the gals back in time? Either way, the women are sure to take us on a wild ride. As a reviewer put it, "They've exhaled: now they are learning to breathe."

Getting to Happy is slated to be on the shelves on September 7, 2010.

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