Big Girls Don't Cry: Novel, A

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HarperCollins, Apr 4, 1996 - Fiction - 375 pages
16 Reviews
In her eagerly-awaited second novelBig Girls Don't Cry, bestselling author Connie Briscoe (Sisters and Lovers) examines the issues faced by a young black woman determined to be successful both professionally and romantically. Growing up in a loving and supportive middle-class family in Washington, DC, in the '60s, Naomi Jefferson worries about what to wear, her bra size and meeting boys, and she has dreams of one day opening her own clothing store. While she knows racism is a problem (occasional brushes with the uglier side of people don't let her forget it), Naomi is, at heart, just like any other teenage girl.

All of that changes when Joshua, Naomi's older brother, is killed in an accident on his way to a civil rights demonstration in Chicago. Racism becomes a personal issue, and Naomi decides that she needs to help bring about changes in the system. At college in Atlanta, she becomes immersed in politics, organizing protests and butting heads with school administrations as well as with her boyfriend, who isn't too friendly to the cause. Disillusioned by authority figures and betrayed by the man she loves, Naomi returns home, confused about the world and her place in it.

Witty, sensitive, bittersweet and triumphant, Big Girls Don't Cry is a compelling portrait of a woman who refuses to compromise her standards -- cloudy as they may be at times -- in her quest for satisfaction. In Big Girls Don't Cry, Briscoe has created a heroine and a story to which any woman who has faced the frustrations of glass ceilings, the pain of loss and sacrifice and the perils and pleasures of love will immediately relate.

  

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Review: Big Girls Don't Cry

User Review  - Maya Reid - Goodreads

The ending was a little preachy, but I devoured this book. I liked and identified with the main character from the very beginning, and was amazed by her depth over the rocky course of her development ... Read full review

Review: Big Girls Don't Cry

User Review  - Jadon Davis - Goodreads

Good book. I come from a family of Big Girls. I figured the book could give me some insight on their strength. It didn't but was a good book anyway. I like reading about back in the day. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
32
Section 4
43
Section 5
51
Section 6
84
Section 7
98
Section 8
113
Section 17
229
Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
269
Section 22
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Section 23
290
Section 24
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
215
Section 25
328
Section 26
346
Section 27
361
Section 28
368
Section 29
373
Section 30
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About the author (1996)

Connie Briscoe lives in Falls Church, Virginia. She is a descendant of the slaves on the Madison family plantation.

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