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Publisher's Summary

Bebe Moore Campbell is a New York Times best-selling author and an NAACP Image award winner. In What You Owe Me, an epic tale of friendship, betrayal, loss, accountability, and healing, she spans 50 years of African-American history.

New to Los Angeles, Hosanna Clark, a farm worker from Texas, befriends Holocaust survivor Gilda Rosenstein. Together they build a cosmetics company and a deep friendship. Then Gilda disappears, taking with her the company's assets. The loss leaves Hosanna financially ruined and emotionally damaged. Years later, after her death, Hosanna's daughter will look to collect the debt Gilda owes.

In addition to her novels, Bebe Moore Campbell is the author of several nonfiction books including Successful Women, Angry Men, which explores the changing dynamics within families. Narrator Caroline Clay masterfully takes us through the heartaches and the victories of this emotional journey.

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  • Adia
  • Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • 12-20-08

Awesome. Very well written.

I loved this book. It was addictive from the beginning. The characters were well thought out and you could feel their emotions. I remember getting upset myself from some of the happenings. An very good read.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Good plot and performance

The story was so well told and performed. I'd like to see a part 2. It was slow to start but kept me hanging until the very end. Definitely recommend.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Deborah
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States
  • 04-08-09

GOOD TAKE A CHANCE

THIS ONE STARTS OUT KIND SLOW BUT ONCE YOU LISTEN FOR AN HOUR ,YOU'LL START LOVING IT IS VERY GOOD

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimm
  • Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • 07-26-10

Awesome

This one is so amazing that I literally force others to read/listen...A book for all to read to get a deeper understanding of a history we were not taught...Brava!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • CBDC
  • Washington, DC USA
  • 09-22-09

Very moving, very complex

The story deals with complex issues of hurt, help, guilt, struggle and it's impact on current and subsequent generations. The characters are real, complex, lovable yet flawed (like the rest of us). While I thought parts of the book dragged, in the 90 minutes or so - all the pieces came together in a very moving, magical and emotionally powerful way. The reader is good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Cambell continues to entertain

I've read two of Campbell's books prior to this one - 72 Hour Hold and Your Blues Ain't Like Min. What You Owe Me is more of a multi-character sketch like Your Blues Ain't Like Mine. It's interesting and I like Campbell's how people's lives fit together style. If connected character sketches is your thing, you'll enjoy this book.

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  • michelle
  • PATERSON, NJ, United States
  • 12-19-11

woman off the hook

loved it, loved it was read very well.. enjoyed this book...well have to let my girl read this on wow...

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Good Listen!!!

Like I said it was a good listen, but a little slow. Good listen. I like a book with tons a drama that will have me looking at my co-workers cross-eyed when they interrupt me.. but this was good too

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Great

I love this book...could not stop listening even when I was tired and sleepy. This book kept my attention and interest the entire time.....

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Fantastic Story!

A wonderful look at urban issues, race and family cultures. Wonderful story narrated by the fabulous Caroline Clay. I highly recommend the book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-25-10

Great Story!

The writer captures the emotions of the charactors brilliantly, not often recognised in many writers. The story wasn't what I thought and I was pleasently suprised, lot's great charactors introduced during the progress and development of the story, and very believeable to boot. Thumbs up to the reader also great mastery of the different charactors.