Virginia Deberry
AUTHOR

Virginia Deberry

With seven novels to their credit, Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant, best friends for more than 25 years, have turned a friendship into one of the most successful and enduring writing collaborations in women's fiction.

Before becoming novelists, Donna was dared by co-workers at the New York Daily News to attend a model agency open call, which led to more than a decade as a plus size model, represented by the 12+ division of Ford Models. During that career, Donna was featured in catalogs and national ads, on the pages of such magazines as Essence, McCalls, Family Circle and Woman's Day, and made appearances on "Today," "Good Morning America," and "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."

Virginia, a former high school English teacher from Buffalo, NY moved to New York City, after almost 10 years in the classroom, at the urging of a friend in the fashion business and started a successful career as a plus size model. She was frequently featured in catalogs, advertising, magazines and appeared on several television programs including "The Today Show." She retired from modeling after two years and became Vice President of BB/LW, an agency for plus size and petite models, as well as a spokeswoman for Hanes hosiery.

The duo's modeling careers led to the opportunity to launch Maxima, a fashion and lifestyle magazine for plus size women, where Virginia was editor-in-chief and Donna the managing editor. When publication of Maxima ceased, Virginia and Donna decided to try writing a book together. Their efforts eventually led to Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made (1997), which was a critical success, an Essence magazine bestseller, and won the Merit Award for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, as well as the 1998 Book of the Year Award from the Blackboard Bestseller List/African American Booksellers Conference-Book Expo America. More than that, Tryin' hit an emotional nerve with readers from all over the world who continue to write to Donna and Virginia more than a decade later. Far From the Tree (2000) became a New York Times bestseller, and Better Than I Know Myself (2004) received two Open Book Awards, and was included on the Best African American Fiction of 2004 lists of both Borders and WaldenBooks.

Donna attended Barnard College and is a graduate of New York University. A Brooklyn native, she currently lives in the borough with her husband.

Virginia attended Fisk University and is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo. Virginia now lives in New Jersey.

In March 2010, Touchstone Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, will publish DeBerry and Grant's new novel UPTOWN.

Please visit Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant at http://www.deberryandgrant.com.

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Best Sellers

    • Tryin' To Sleep In the Bed You Made

    • By: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
    • Narrated by: Fran L. Washington
    • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236

    From the time they were young, Gayle and Patricia were raised like sisters, as close as two friends could be. But they each had dreams that would take them far away from each other....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better with each chapter!

    • By Cyn B. on 02-09-16

    Regular price: $21.54

    • Better Than I Know Myself

    • By: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
    • Narrated by: Lisa Renee Pitts
    • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 708
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 438
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 444

    The beloved #1 Essence best-selling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved it

    • By Valerie on 03-13-05

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Gotta Keep on Tryin'

    • A Novel
    • By: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
    • Narrated by: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Gayle Saunders and Patricia Reid have been lifelong friends, as close as sisters....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Loved the story! hated the narration!

    • By Bath-schelouna on 03-07-13

    Regular price: $22.40

    • What Doesn't Kill You

    • By: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
    • Narrated by: Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    What Doesn't Kill You is the story of how Thomasina Hodges, a.k.a. Tee, loses her job and finds herself....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Girl friend kind of book

    • By donna on 08-03-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Far From the Tree

    • By: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
    • Narrated by: Fran L. Washington
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Celeste English and Ronnie Frazier are sisters, but they couldn't be more different. Celeste is a doctor's wife and Ronnie is an actress, living in New York....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Favorite Book So Far, by Far!

    • By Dee on 04-19-09

    Regular price: $21.54

    • Uptown

    • By: Virginia DeBerry
    • Narrated by: Virginia DeBerry
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Popular authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant team up for a provocative novel about the high-stakes world of New York real estate....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slow Start but enjoyed the book overall!

    • By Carolyn McCray on 03-17-14

    Regular price: $27.99

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