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Straight Up

by Lisa Samson

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The story switches back and forth between narrators, cousins, one of whom married a guy many years her senior who has since died and is trying to cope with life without him. The other cousin has great musical talent but she is dealing with a husband who went off to join a monastary and lots of childhood trauma. She is squandering her life with drinking and her other relatives try to help her but she may be beyond help.
This is definitely a thinking book, one that sucks you in and makes you examine the characters. It was good but something that you have to be in the mood for. ( )
  debs4jc | Feb 8, 2008 |
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Georgia Bishop, a could-be jazz great, has thrown away her life, her marriage, and her talent for her drinking habit. Her cousin, Fairly Godfrey, is living the good life in New York, but wonders if deeper meaning exists beyond the superficial world in which she finds herself. It takes a Congo refugee, a soul-food chef, a persistent husband, and one desperate night on the brink of freedom for Georgia and Fairly to realize how far they have drifted from their God-given purposes.… (more)

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