If I Ruled the World

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2005 - Fiction - 289 pages
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In every ghetto there is that one who stands out above the rest. In this unforgettable novel, her name is Harlem.

Harlem Jones is a twenty-six-year-old bad-ass female who owns her own home, her own car, and her own business. And no, some drug dealer didn't front her the money for any of it. Nor did she have to sell herself to get what she's got. Harlem came up the hard way. She had the perfect family until her mother fell prey to an addiction and Harlem's whole world fell apart. After several life-changing encounters, Harlem seems to have lost everything. But then, under circumstance she wishes never existed, she inherits a modest fortune and opens up her own business.
Then into her life comes an unexpected and unlikely love, a street-bred charmer named York. Not your typical hood, York is out for Harlem's heart. But when tragedy strikes, Harlem knows that, as a survivor, she must be the one to decide her own destiny.

 

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Contents

GOTTA GET MINE
1
The Suga Shop
5
I Want Candy
29
Whos That Lady?
39
The Reason Why
47
Over the River and Through the Woods
67
Double Date
91
Ballin Out of Control
107
One Night Man
169
Penny for Your Thoughts
195
Sweet Gone Sour
199
Wolves in Sheeps Clothing
211
What Goes Up
223
Love Dont Live Here
263
Harlems Blues
273
Epilogue
285

Not in a Million Years
141

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About the author (2005)

JOY is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and the author of the Essence bestseller Dollar Bill. She is currently at work on her next novel.

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