Better Than I Know Myself

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Macmillan, May 1, 2005 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The beloved #1 Essence bestselling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

Jewel is Hollywood royalty: as the teenage star of the TV show "Daddy's Girl," her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things-to get a serious education, and to leave her controlling stage mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers" and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina's rebellious side will take her (or how treacherous it will become). Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life-if she can hold down two jobs and keep her GPA up.

When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won't survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.

 

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Great book of college girls coming of age and facing life obstacles. . .

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A great look at female frinedships. How three very different woman can grow together, connect and form strong friendships. It is funny, sad, tragic and full of hope. I love friendships book that show how hard and rewarding it is too find those people that you can't imagine your life without. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
16
Section 3
30
Section 4
44
Section 5
59
Section 6
72
Section 7
88
Section 8
107
Section 16
232
Section 17
241
Section 18
250
Section 19
260
Section 20
272
Section 21
282
Section 22
302
Section 23
320

Section 9
123
Section 10
141
Section 11
158
Section 12
170
Section 13
182
Section 14
193
Section 15
220
Section 24
332
Section 25
343
Section 26
355
Section 27
368
Section 28
371
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Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant are the bestselling authors of Far from the Tree and Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made. Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made won the Merit Award for fiction from the black caucus of the American Library Association, the Book of the Year award from Blackboard, and the New Author of the Year Award from the Go On Girl Book Club. Virginia and Donna first met while working as models, and what should have been a rivalry ended up as a decades-long friendship. Virginia lives in New Jersey, and Donna lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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