Hand-me-down Heartache by Tajuana Butler
A Novel

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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.

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About Tajuana Butler

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Tajuana TJ Butler is a writer, poet, and public speaker who lectures on sisterhood at colleges around the country. She lives in Los Angeles.
Published December 19, 2001 by Villard. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Butler's second novel (after Sorority Sisters) 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.

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