I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage

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Since Joyce Mitchell was widowed five years ago, she's kept herself occupied by running the Sewing Circus, an all-girl group she founded to provide badly needed services to young women at risk, many of whom are single mothers. But some nights, home alone, she has to admit that something is missing. And soon she may not even have the Sewing Circus to fill up her life, as the state legislature has decided not to fund the group.

Feeling defeated and pessimistic, Joyce reluctantly agrees to dinner at the home of her best friend, Sister, and finds not only a perfect meal but a tall, dark stranger named Nate Anderson. His unexpected presence touches a chord in Joyce that she thought her heart had forgotten how to play.

Suddenly, Joyce feels ready to grab a sexy red dress and the life that goes with it . . . if she can keep her girls safe from the forces—useless boyfriends and government agencies—alike against them.


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"...is her first novel.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Meantime, Joyce realizes that she’s been wearing black for too long, and she begins to contemplate a change when friends introduce her to handsome Nate, the new high school counselor and a divorced former policeman.

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The bulk of the book is more about .problem solving—specifically, Joyce's efforts at helping young African-American women become "free women"—than it is about romance.

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Finally, there are the innumerable movie references, mostly about black actors who Joyce thinks embody certain characteristics that all black people should --- I guess no one ever told Joyce not to look to the movies for her heroes.

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