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A Woman's Worth: A Novel (Strivers Row)

by Tracy Price-Thompson

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Bishop Chicken Johnson started his hard life in a whorehouse run by Slim Willie his daddy. When a violent event killed both his parents as a young teen it also resulted in landing him in jail. When he got out Chicken met up with Malcolm Armstrong who’s Pop-Pop took him in as his own son and taught him how to box. Chicken was good but again, the gods weren’t on his side and he was on the run. This time he landed in Africa via the Peace Corp. In Africa he meets up with Abene, a woman psychologically damaged by her genital mutilation at her parents hands.

I very much enjoyed this book but found that while not at all a prude, some of the sex scenes were a little too graphic. Perhaps it was because I was listening to them out loud. ( )
  AstridG | Jun 8, 2008 |
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Embracing the shattered pieces of the soul and championing the resilient nature of the heart, A Woman’s Worth takes readers on a journey of startling depth. From a speakeasy whorehouse in the bottoms of Alabama to a luxurious high-rise apartment in Kenya, acclaimed author Tracy Price-Thompson crosses boundaries of sexuality, gender, and culture to accentuate the core of black identity: the enormous strength of family.

“Ain’t nothing like a Black man. No other man on the face of the earth can hold a light up to him, coming or going. Why do you think women are all the time chasing behind them? Smooth game and all, when a brotha loves you, he loves you right.”
—from
A Woman’s Worth

Abeni Omorru is a stunning Kenyan woman who is haunted by piercing memories. Although her father’s wealth ensures her a life of prestige, childhood trauma has left her emotionally damaged and sexually promiscuous. While Abeni takes on many lovers, none come close to healing the wounds of her heart—and only a man who understands her worth can truly claim her soul.

Bishop Johnson is also haunted by his past. Raised by prostitutes in a rural Alabama town, he is a promising teenage boxer—until his dreams are shattered when his parents are murdered during a violent robbery and he takes revenge on the perpetrators. Bishop goes to jail, and when he is released he has a volatile temper and a mean left hook to back it up.

Trouble continues to find Bishop, and he is forced to leave Alabama and travel to Kenya with the Peace Corps. There he falls in love with Abeni, and they marry. When Bishop learns the secret of Abeni’s past, he is force to make a decision that may cost him more than one man should ever have to sacrifice.


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