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Here and Now | [Kimberla Lawson Roby]

Here and Now

Racquel and Marcella are sisters with very little in common, except that each wants what the other has. Racquel has a beautiful house, a fulfilling career and a loving husband. But driven by her desperate longing for a child, she is alienating her husband and family. Marcella is a single mom, trying to support her two children with a low paying job, food stamps, and occasional child support from a deadbeat ex-husband. She won't allow anyone to interfere with her dream for a better lifestyle, not even her own children.
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Publisher's Summary

Already at the top of the Blackboard Bestseller List, this critically acclaimed new voice in African-American literature is both passionate and vibrant. In this, Kimberla Lawson Roby's second novel, strong characters explore the complexities of such real life issues as relationships, single parenthood, and infertility. Racquel and Marcella are sisters with very little in common, except that each wants what the other has.

Racquel has a beautiful house, a fulfilling career and a loving husband. But driven by her desperate longing for a child, she is alienating her husband and family. Marcella is a single mom, trying to support her two children with a low paying job, food stamps, and occasional child support from a deadbeat ex-husband. She won't allow anyone to interfere with her dream for a better lifestyle, not even her own children. Narrator Donna Bailey skillfully renders the emotionally powerful experiences of two women as they learn to accept their losses. Sometimes funny and often heartbreaking, their story touches listeners with a message of healing and hope.

©1999 Kimberla Lawson Roby; (P)2001 Recorded Books,LLC

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    Andra Roanoke, IN, United States 01-11-09
    Andra Roanoke, IN, United States 01-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A highly recommended reading!!"

    Ms. Roby is a very good writer. She developed her characters well in this book, providing a good balance between sisters whose their lives are both similar yet difference; the author demonstrates how their closeness supersedes animosity and jealousy as they love and support each other when the going gets tough. She shows how when it rains, it pours, but with preseverance and faith in God, their family survive adversity. Highly recommended reading!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 04-20-11
    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 04-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Tear-jerker, wonderful!!"

    This was a wonderful touching book. I enjoyed it so much!! I felt the pain, heartache, joy, and all the other emotions of the sisters, just a really great book!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Katy, TX, United States 12-17-09
    Natalie Katy, TX, United States 12-17-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Get your tissues ready, ladies"

    I wasn't expecting this book to be so emotional. I thought it was going to just be about the relationship between sisters. But maybe our expectations are always interrupted in real life. Love the narrator's voice. Very well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimm Jacksonville, FL, USA 04-11-09
    Kimm Jacksonville, FL, USA 04-11-09
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    "Just like us..."

    There were no extreme surprises and I found the characters to be just like everyone I already know. I was happy with the outcome of Kevin and Raquel. I wish something had been written more about the Administrator at the end on the big day. Otherwise, I enjoyed it and look forward to maybe a bit of a more 'out of the hood' storyline next time.

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    Purebrown22 Southaven, MS, United States 10-08-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Here and Now to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the audio version allowed me to experiece the story without having to sit and read it myself. I could clean my house and listen to the book.


    What about Donna Bailey’s performance did you like?

    I really like how she put a lot of emotions into the narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. The struggles of Marcella being a single mom because I could relate to the things she was experiencing.


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