A Love Noire by Erica Simone Turnipseed
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When Noire, a hip, Afro-wearing Ph.D. student, walks into Brown Betty Books, her righteousness kicks in to overdrive amid the self-identified "talented tenth" who wear their double degrees and five-hundred-dollar shoes like badges of honor. And then Innocent, a well-heeled investment banker from Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa, walks in and turns her on her head. Innocent seems interested in her -- but he's one of them.

Before meeting him, Noire shunned the "bourgie" world of black-moneyed cosmopolitans like Innocent, opting instead for socially conscious (but economically challenged) artists and urban intellectuals. Their mutual attraction blossoms into lust -- and eventually love -- but it lives in the shifting sands of personal beliefs and professional ambitions that are often at odds.

Set in New York City with jaunts to Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean, A Love Noire is the story of an unlikely couple that transcends all they've known to learn the redemptive power of love.


About Erica Simone Turnipseed

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Erica Simone Turnipseed's debut, "A Love Noire", won the Atlanta Choice Author of the Year Award from the "Atlanta Daily World". A philanthropist, Turnipseed founded the Five Years for the House Initiative, a fund-raising drive for the Afro American Cultural Center at Yale. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.
Published July 12, 2011 by Harper Paperbacks. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, a rich social life keeps Noire busy: intellectual soirées, Harlem book parties, East Village poetry jams, etc., all providing opportunities to explore the ever more contemporary issues that interest Noire (not that she doesn’t find time for romantic evenings with Innocent).

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Turnipseed's other great strength, much like Noire's, is her fearlessness in tackling touchy subject matter, whether it be spicy sex scenes or exploration of identity politics.

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Noire Demain is a Ph.D.

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