Baby Brother's Blues by Pearl Cleage
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When Regina Burns married Blue Hamilton, she knew he was no ordinary man. A charismatic R&B singer who gave up his career to assume responsibility for the safety of Atlanta’s West End community, Blue had created an African American urban oasis where crime and violence were virtually nonexistent. In the beginning, Regina enjoyed a circle of engaging friends and her own work as a freelance communications consultant. Most of all, she relished the company of her husband, who never ceased to be a source of passion and delight.

Then everything changed. More and more frightened women were showing up in West End, seeking Blue’s protection from lovers who had suddenly become violent. When the worst offenders begin to disappear without a trace, the signs–all of them grim–seem to point toward Blue and his longtime associate, Joseph “General” Richardson. Now that Regina is pregnant, her fear for Blue’s safety has become an obsession that threatens the very heart of their relationship.

At the same time, Regina’s friend Aretha Hargrove is desperately trying to redefine her own marriage. Aretha’s husband, Kwame, is lobbying for them to leave West End and move to midtown. Aretha resists at first, but finally agrees in an effort to rekindle the flame that first brought them together.

Regina and Aretha have no way of knowing that what they regard as their private struggles will soon become very public. When Baby Brother, a charming con man, insinuates himself into the community, it becomes clear that there is more to his handsome façade than meets the eye. He carries the seeds of change that will affect both women in profound and startling ways.

Returning to the vividly rendered Atlanta district of her last two novels, New York Times bestselling author Pearl Cleage brilliantly weaves the threads of her characters’ intersecting lives into a story of family, friendship and, of course, love. Baby Brother’s Blues is full of wit and warmth, illumination the core of every woman’s hopes and dreams.

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About Pearl Cleage

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Pearl Cleage is the author of "Mad at Miles: A Black Woman's Guide to Truth" and "Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot." An accomplished Playwright, she teaches playwriting at Spelman College, is a cofounder of the literary magazine "Catalyst" and writes a column for the "Atlanta Tribune." Ms. Cleage lives in Atlanta with her husband. "What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day" her first novel.
Published February 27, 2007 by One World/Ballantine. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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To make some extra money, Baby also hustles Kwame Hargrove, the secretly gay married son of Precious Hargrove, a rising politician with morals to match her ambition.

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Blue instructs General to keep an eye on Baby Brother because Blue senses that this young man may bring trouble to their neighborhood.

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BABY BROTHER'S BLUES is about politics, crooked cops, secret lives, and sweet love;

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