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Here and Now

By: Kimberla Lawson Roby
Narrated by: Donna Bailey
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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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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!

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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.

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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!!!

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stranger things of love

I loved this book.The narratoration was perfect .It was hard putting it down to go to sleep. My best part of it was when she found her 11 year old daughter dairy.I kind of thought she wouldn't read it but when she did.It was so funny the way she reacted.This book was full of exciting things. Kimberley you out done yourself on this one.

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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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Good read

At the start of this book I was a little concerned that I wouldn't enjoy it but it turns out that I was not dissatisfied. plenty of unexpected moments and I loved the ending. It's hard to find a good narrator. This one is pretty good.

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It's all about life!!

Really down to earth, and it could had a book two to follow the story.

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Kind of depressing

Lots of twists and turns overall a pretty good book but it wasn't what I expected at the end with the happy ending kind of depressing still love this author.

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Wonderful

I love this book it was so real it will make you laugh and cry great book a must read. Love it

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Early Kimberla

I would have rated higher had I read this years ago, however, I rated based on how she evolved as a writer (character development in particular) over the years.