Since meeting in college, Britton, Indera, Damascus, and Chyna have each gone on to success and acclaim. But beneath the surface, all four are struggling with demons, striving to mask the deep emotional wounds they sustained long ago.
Through riveting first-person narratives, Dywane D. Birch reveals the secret that keeps each character tied to the past, unwilling or unable to commit to a loving relationship. As repressed childhood memories creep back into their lives to haunt and control them, and carefully constructed veneers begin to crack, the bonds of their friendship are tested as never before.
In candid, raw prose, Birch explores the potentially devastating consequences of childhood abuse and mistreatment, but also pays tribute to human courage and perseverance in a heartfelt, unforgettably powerful novel that heralds a remarkable talent.
From Publishers Weekly
In this 2001 self-published title, picked up Strebor's "Zane Presents" series, four college friends uneasily forge adult lives: Britton has ditched a job as a school psychologist for a life of leisure in the Dominican Republic; Indera, or Indy, is a "mack diva" who runs a successful beauty salon and takes up with whomever she likes, but considers most men unreliable at best. Damascus, aka Tee, strips for a living, and has no problem hooking up with club-going women. Chyna, the good girl, is married, rockily, with children. Childhood traumas-a variety of sexual and emotional abuses and terrors-are close to the surface of the adult lives of Birch's four survivors, and when pasts and presents collide, the results are fierce melodrama. Snappy dialogue, trash talk (from Tee) and steamy sex keep the proceedings moving as the four, each in his or her own way, attempt to hold it together.
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