What you owe me
G.P. Putnam's Sons
, Aug 9, 2001
- 533 pages
Los Angeles, 1948: When Hosanna Clark, recently arrived from the farm fields of Texas, befriends Holocaust survivor Gilda Rosenstein, she opens the door to a new life for both of them. Using Gilda's knowledge of cosmetics and Hosanna's energy and determination, they begin producing a line of lipsticks and lotions for black women. The two are more than business partners - they are dear friends.
Then Gilda suddenly disappears, taking all the assets. Hosanna is doubly betrayed: financially ruined, emotionally bereft. When, years later, she dies, her small cosmetics company dies with her. But Hosanna leaves behind a daughter steeped in her mother's pain; Matriece is as smart and driven as her mother and savvy enough to recognize that white firms are competing not only for black consumer dollars but for black professional talent as well. When Gilda's huge cosmetics conglomerate hires her to launch a line of black beauty products, Matriece takes on a mission to collect on her mother's debt.