I Wish I Had a Red Dress (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Since Joyce Mitchell was widowed five years ago, she's kept herself occupied by running the Sewing Circus, an all-girl group she founded to provide badly needed services to young women at risk, many of whom are single mothers. But some nights, home alone, she has to admit that something is missing. And soon she may not even have the Sewing Circus to fill up her life, as the state legislature has decided not to fund the group.

Feeling defeated and pessimistic, Joyce reluctantly agrees to dinner at the home of her best friend, Sister, and finds not only a perfect meal but a tall, dark stranger named Nate Anderson. His unexpected presence touches a chord in Joyce that she thought her heart had forgotten how to play.

Suddenly, Joyce feels ready to grab a sexy red dress and the life that goes with it . . . if she can keep her girls safe from the forces—useless boyfriends and government agencies—alike against them.

  

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I enjoyed the book....entertaining, thought provoking at times, and a quick read. I love Cleage's writing style....easy to read and relate to. Read full review

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Decent story about a black woman trying to make a difference in young women's lives and choices. Read full review

Contents

Joyce
3
Trust Me
6
Stepping on Angels
9
Black Ice
13
The Weary Traveler
23
The Tree Baby
32
Permanent Shit List
42
A Con Mans Dream
45
A Candle for Nettie
174
Stages
181
Sexual Healing
185
A Trick Question
187
Bad Memories
191
The Best Man
194
A Gentleman Caller
202
One of Those Nights
207

Another Kind of Test
58
All I Can Do
62
Better Than That
65
Busted
70
VIM CONTENTS 13 First Thought Best Thought
76
CONTENTS IX
78
This Denzel Thing
82
Count on It
89
When Junior Started Trippin
92
War Song
97
The Designated Man
103
Time Is Money
111
So Far So Good
116
The Nearest Starfish
120
Here We Go Again
131
The Last Thing on My Mind
137
Best of All Possible Worlds
138
Getting Better All the Time
146
Same Woods Same Water
148
For Us by Us
157
Just Friends
163
Acting Up
165
Nasty Stuff
169
This Is a Dream
213
A Payin Customer
214
Undeniably Different
219
A YesorNo Question
223
Kind of Blue
230
In My Minds Eye
235
The Problem with Surrender
238
The Enforcer
248
The Best Kind of We
255
On Our Way
259
They Can Hear Me Now
263
Fern me Fatale
266
AssKickinClothes
268
One of Those Calls
274
Fighting for Air
277
All Emergencies
280
Lifetime Achievement
283
A Dangerous Combination
287
By Any Means Necessary
290
The Specificity of Snowflakes
296
No Chance
301
Love Slave
307
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About the author (2009)

Pearl Cleage is the author of Mad at Miles: A Black Woman's Guide to Truth and Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot. An accomplished Playwright, she teaches playwriting at Spelman College, is a cofounder of the literary magazine Catalyst and writes a column for the Atlanta Tribune. Ms. Cleage lives in Atlanta with her husband. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day...is her first novel.

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