When Did You Stop Loving Me?: A Novel

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Doubleday, 2004 - Fiction - 211 pages
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A dazzling literary debut about a young girl and her father, a magician whose tricks and illusions both ease and hinder the painful realities of their lives

WHEN DID YOU STOP LOVING ME is the warm and tender story of Angela, a young girl growing up in 1970s Brooklyn. One day Angela goes to school and returns home to find her mother gone. Her magician father, Teddo, left to raise Angela alone, insists on keeping Melanie’s disappearance shrouded in mystery, but later Angela wryly observes, “My father was a magician, but my mother was the real Houdini.”

Veronica Chambers has written a compelling story about a young girl’s struggle to navigate her way through her family’s web of love, loss, and magic. As Angela tries to piece her world back together and figure out why her mother has abandoned her, she’s left to ponder the soul-shattering question: When did you stop loving me?

A universal story that is both finely-tuned and elegant, WHEN DID YOU STOP LOVING ME captures the intricacies, pleasures, contradictions, and complexities at the heart of every family. Spare and finely told, this novel will seep beneath your skin and stay with you long after the last page has been turned.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A lugubrious coming-of-ager by critic and journalist Chambers (Having It All, 2003, etc.) about a young black girl's lonely life with her father.It's 1979 and black women seem to be breaking out of ... Read full review

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User Review  - lean55 - LibraryThing

This is a touching story that follows the life of a young girl who's mother leaves her for fame. The author writes so well that you will want to read all of the books she has written. Read full review


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VERONICA CHAMBERS is the author of Having It All? and Mama’s Girl. She was formerly a culture writer for Newsweek, a staff writer at Premiere magazine, and an executive editor of Savoy magazine, as well as a frequent contributor to Glamour; O, The Oprah Magazine; the New York Times, and other publications. The daughter of a magician, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband.

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