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Apr 08, 2003
| ISBN 9780812968330
Dec 19, 2001
| ISBN 9781588361073
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Apr 08, 2003 | ISBN 9780812968330
Dec 19, 2001 | ISBN 9781588361073
Nina Lander is a recent college grad, struggling to be independent, who has moved back home with her parents as she tries to start a career in sports broadcasting. But she’s increasingly frustrated with both her father’s treatment of her mother and her mother’s acceptance of her own unhappy life.Though Nina is wracked with uncertainty, the one thing she thinks she can hold on to is her budding relationship with Maurice, a charming, handsome rookie NBA player. Nina rationalizes his silence as strength and his jealousy as love. When there is evidence of his infidelity, Nina is hurt but not surprised. Her father has cheated on her mother, and her brother has cheated on his girlfriends. All men cheat, Nina believes.But then Maurice abruptly ends the relationship, sending Nina into an emotional tailspin. After she recovers and is on the brink of falling in love with Leo LJ Love, an up-and-coming rapper who has had a crush on her since high school, Maurice reenters her life, claiming to be a changed man. Will she take him back?
New, from the author of Sorority Sisters, a novel about a young woman navigating the sometimes rocky terrain of family, career, and relationships.After graduating from college, Nina Lander moves back in with her parents as she temps and tries to secure a "real" job. She isn’t finding it very easy to break into television broadcasting, and her parents’ strained marriage has made living at home even more depressing. But when she meets Maurice, a promising basketball rookie, Nina feels as if she’s found the one. She is determined to make the relationship work, despite evidence that Maurice isn’t always faithful, which hurts Nina but doesn’t surprise her. Her father cheated on her mother, and her brother cheats on his girlfriends thus she has low expectations of the men in her life.When Nina’s chance encounter with Leo, a high school classmate who’s become a successful rapper, sends Maurice into a jealous rage, it is not long before Nina’s friends are urging her to let Maurice go. Even though she finds her dream job as a sports reporter for a local television station, Nina still can’t keep Maurice out of her mind. To complicate matters, Leo seems to be everything Maurice is not. Nina must decide between a man she loves who treats her wrong and a man who is willing to do everything right. But all of this takes a backseat when her mother falls ill and Nina puts her life on hold to take care of her. As both mother and daughter examine their relationships with the men in their lives, and as Nina’s mother finally confronts her husband about his mistreatment of her, Nina finds the strength to break the chain of heartache. In Hand-me-down Heartache, author Tajuana TJ Butler has crafted a heartwarming novel about the strength of relationships among women, be they family or friends.
Writer and poet Tajuana Butler has written a debut novel about friendship, love, and the things that matter most in life. Sorority Sisters marks Butler as a fresh new voice in African-American fiction.
“A winner that you gotta check out!” —Vivica A. Fox“A novel of love and resilience . . . [Butler] touches on the strength of relationships among women—be they mothers, mentors, or friends.” —National Women’s Review“In Hand-me-down Heartache, Butler skillfully presents the world of Nina Lander, a recent college grad who goes on an odyssey of self-discovery.” —Essence“Butler’s second novel . . . deals sensitively with the impact of domestic abuse on an African-American family and the choices made by a young woman dealing with issues of self-doubt while seeking acceptance in her relationships.” —Publishers Weekly
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