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By Kristin Hunter Lattany

Zena (short for Zenobia) Lawson honors all issues African--art, tradition, historical past. So while fortune fingers her a twenty-year-old Nigerian woman wanting transitority housing, after all Zena and her husband Lucius leap on the probability to assist. To Zena, Ifa Olongo is an unique good looks with adequate haughtiness and beauty for 3 royal households. let alone the daughter she by no means had. yet as Zena's ally Vy retains reminding her, Ifa is not any girl--she's a tender lady with harmful curves that any guy may 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 potential life--and she'll collect it . . . in anyway necessary.

The ever-widening hole among Africans and African-Americans--and the powerful 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 other way up.

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They was once a few undesirable sons and daughters, too, so wild I needed to close them in a single room to get my paintings performed. whilst I allow them to out, they stated they used to be going to inform. I acknowledged, “Tell. I don’t care. ” I by no means went again to that condo back, both. the children have been too undesirable, and the task used to be too tough. discuss nasty! Her airborne dirt and dust bunnies have been enormous as rabbits, they usually had improved. I obtained out of the mop brigade, because of God and my overdue mama, whose assurance funds paid for my attractiveness university, yet I listen they're nonetheless making their rounds. a bit exertions wouldn't damage that giant, spoiled African lady in any respect. i feel i'll see if i will locate her a few. TWENTY-TWO “GIT UP OFF MY TRUMP! ” shrieks Vera Marshall, my companion, and slams a diece, ten, king, queen, and ace of diamonds down in entrance of her. She pulls in 5 methods instantaneously with these playing cards. “We long past rub their heads strong, Zena! ” Vera exclaims. either one of us start rubbing our heads while, to suggest a head rub. that could be a hand within which the competitors by no means get to make a unmarried trick. the single trick they may have grabbed is in golf equipment, which I trump with a jack of diamonds. Her diece, the 9, takes my simply different trump, one other diece, yet it’s ok. We win promptly, with my spades taking on as trumps the place her diamonds depart off, simply because our competitors are out of spades. Oh, I do love pinochle—especially while I win! “We did it, associate! ” Vera squeals. There’s not anything like successful a very good, vicious hand of pinochle. i wanted that. “Put it over here,” I say to Gloria Shepherd, on my correct, and knead her scalp with my knuckles, whereas Vera messes up Phlora Wilson’s wig. Gloria appears ruefully into her pocket reflect. “Good factor I acquired a hat to put on to church tomorrow,” she says. “When am i able to are available and get this mess fastened up, Zena? ” “Just demand an appointment,” I say gleefully, and achieve out like i will rub her head a few extra. yet what I do as an alternative is sweep her free hair that i've got disarranged round and as much as one facet, and connect it with a banana clip i've got in my handbag. I do that for her simply because she’s an exceptional buddy. She seems to be larger than she did sooner than, besides, simply because, after 40, hair that’s pulled up continually seems to be higher than hair that's putting down. At our age, with gravity successful its victory over our faces and our bodies, we'd like the entire uplift we will get. That win at playing cards used to be candy. i'm savoring it simply because, after final week, i wanted it. i made a decision to not throw Ifa out, in the end. She hadn’t relatively performed whatever to deserve it, except getting on my nerves and dancing too attractive and searching too strong in a few of my cast-off outfits. yet i might yes like her out of the home a part of the time. Say, at a task. She is pricey, plus, like Visa, she is far and wide i would like to be—in the lounge, within the again Room, and particularly within the toilet. yet she can’t visit paintings, simply because she nonetheless doesn’t have that eco-friendly card. All she has is the desire of having a pupil visa. now not goodbye in the past, the 1st palms of my correct hand have been sore from being crossed so tightly in the back of my again.

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