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By Kristin Hunter Lattany

Zena (short for Zenobia) Lawson honors all issues African--art, tradition, heritage. So whilst fortune palms her a twenty-year-old Nigerian lady short of transitority housing, in fact Zena and her husband Lucius leap on the likelihood to aid. To Zena, Ifa Olongo is an unique good looks with sufficient haughtiness and charm for 3 royal households. let alone the daughter she by no means had. yet as Zena's ally Vy retains reminding her, Ifa isn't any girl--she's a tender lady with harmful curves that any guy might simply like to skid his tires across.

But Zena, a former glamour queen herself, has difficulties distinguishing among glitter and actual gold. For Ifa's identify skill life--and she'll collect it . . . whatsoever necessary.

The ever-widening hole among Africans and African-Americans--and the robust yet precarious hyperlink that bridges it . . . The unforeseen peril of romanticizing our roots--and the foreigners who symbolize them . . . the significance of taking good care of others--without sacrificing oneself . . . Kristin Hunter Lattany weaves those parts right into a novel crackling with wit, intelligence, and mischief, and takes political correctness and Afrocentricity and turns them the wrong way up.

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Fancy antsy. whilst do i am getting to put on dressmaker outfits? I inform you, it ain’t my scene. I’m a simple Jane. ” “Look,” I inform her, “we’re every one accountable for ten tickets, and I’ve in simple terms controlled to promote 8. I’ll deal with you. ” This places a wholly new spin at the dialogue. “Okay. What are we donning? ” I pause to imagine. “I have a black crepe coat gown that are supposed to do for me. Do you continue to have that black two-piece costume you wore final New Year’s? ” “I imagine so. It’s lovely sizeable. It has an elastic waist. perhaps i will be able to nonetheless get in it. ” “I have a sheer duster I’ll lend you to put on over it, in a gold-and-black print. It’ll hide up your . ” “Why should still i need to conceal my situation? I’m happy with it. ” yet she likes the belief of the duster, i will inform. Our call-waiting beeps. it sort of feels louder and extra insistent then ordinary. Vy provides to name me again after she exams her closet, and that i take the opposite name. it truly is Ifa, in fact. “Is Dod there? enable me converse to him, please. ” Callers who start up like that often annoy me, even if they aren’t Ifa. i feel that, in the event that they have met me, humans should no less than have the courtesy to claim hi to me and inquire approximately my well-being sooner than asking to talk to my husband. “No, he’s no longer right here, Ifa. am i able to assist you? ” She doesn’t hassle to conceal her sadness. “Awww. good, possibly you could aid me, Mum. i have to see a physician. ” “Why? ” “I am nervous in regards to the situation of my middle. You consider. additionally, my supplier wishes me to have a checkup. ” i'm blissful I took the decision. although i've got all started to persuade myself that not anything was once occurring among her and Lucius other than my paranoid imaginings, I don’t are looking to provide him an excuse to be on my own together with her. i will be able to take her to the health care professional, after all, since it is Monday—my time off. nonetheless, there are different issues I’d relatively do—like name Rose Cooper’s Day Spa for an appointment and get a therapeutic massage. The Cowboys’ hoedown used to be Saturday evening, and i'm nonetheless sore from all that do-si-do-ing and promenading, and the spurs grazing my shins, and the cowboy boots stepping on my ft. as soon as, I take into accout, a superb titanic boot—heel and all—came down on my foot while i used to be curtseying to my nook and my associate forgot i used to be there. yet they raised the money they wanted, and my husband had a ball together with his enormous ole corny nation self. He in particular enjoyed the fiddler and the contest for the gaudiest Wild West comfortable rags. He had a brand new purple bandanna for the celebration, and a few oxblood boots, and a white hat, and 2 white chaps with three-inch fringes. He seemed attractive. He could have gained, too, if he’d been via himself. yet I wore my shabby outdated brown suede cowgirl outfit, which i attempted to conceal lower than a massive cape while I left the home, and the judges had noticeable it earlier than. Now, each time I stream my left foot, the person who bought stomped, it radiates sizzling zingers of ache and cries out for extra aspirin. possibly I’d higher name my podiatrist rather than Rose’s spa. the subsequent time I listen someone holler “Circle correct! ” I intend to circle my correct arm of their direction—with a fist on the finish of it.

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