Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Sep 3, 2002 - Fiction - 336 pages
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At forty, artist-turned-librarian Eva Hutchinson isn't looking for a change. But on a hot Friday the 13th in June, Hutch, her husband of ten years, picks up his suitcase and walks into the night, searching for the "joy" that he feels is missing from their marriage. Suddenly, playing by the old rules doesn't make much sense to a not-quite-young sister whose stable world has turned upside down.

Now Eva is alone with an empty heart in a big, empty house. Hutch fears he is falling in love with the neglected wife of his wealthy, philandering best friend. Charley, Eva's law-school-bound daughter, wants to chuck it all and become a stand-up comedian -- while Stephen, Hutch's son, harbors a secret that will rock his father's world. And into the mix strolls Isaiah Lonesome, a handsome hunk of a twenty-eight-year-old jazz musician who will teach Eva to play some lusty new riffs on love's oldest song.

 

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Wesley is best known for her Tamara Hayle mystery series. As in those novels, she makes her characters' world become the reader's. Here, she explores family, divorce, and relationships from the perspective of a 40-year-old African American woman. ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
45
Section 4
53
Section 5
73
Section 6
87
Section 7
101
Section 8
121
Section 13
199
Section 14
223
Section 15
241
Section 16
251
Section 17
261
Section 18
277
Section 19
289
Section 20
297

Section 9
131
Section 10
149
Section 11
167
Section 12
181
Section 21
311
Section 22
323
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Valerie Wilson Wesley is the author of the novels Always True to You in My Fashion and Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do, winner of the 2000 Best Fiction Award of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, as well as the nationally bestselling Tamara Hayle mystery series. A contributing editor at Essence magazine, her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ms. and the New York Times. She lives in New Jersey.

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