If I Ruled the World

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St. Martin's Press, Jul 1, 2005 - Fiction - 304 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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Selected pages


1 The Suga Shop
2 I Want Candy
3 Whos That Lady?
4 The Reason Why
5 Over the River and Through the Woods
6 Double Date
9 One Night Man
10 Penny for Your Thoughts
11 Sweet Gone Sour
12 Wolves in Sheeps Clothing
13 What Goes Up
14 Love Dont Live Here
15 Harlems Blues

7 Ballin Out of Control
8 Not in a Million Years

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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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