Just Wanna Testify by Pearl Cleage
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Familiar faces and places meet fresh twists and turns in this enthralling novel from acclaimed author Pearl Cleage.
 
Atlanta’s West End district has always been a haven and home to a coterie of unique characters—artists and thinkers, dreamers and doers. Folks here know one another’s names, keep their doors unlocked, and look out for their neighbors. Anyone planning to sell drugs, vandalize, or rob a little old lady should think twice before hitting this part of town. And Blue Hamilton, West End’s unofficial mayor and longtime protector, will see to it that you do. Blue wears many hats here, including adored husband to Regina, dear nephew to Abbey, and doting father to Sweetie and another little one on the way.

Blue is also the man you pay your respects to if you’re looking to set up shop in this urban enclave—just ask Serena Mayflower, whom Blue sees striding down Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard wearing skin-tight black leather pants, thigh-high boots, and bright red lipstick. This tall, slender, ethereally beautiful woman and her four equally striking sisters make up the Too Fine Five, a quintet of international supermodels who have arrived in town for an Essence magazine photo shoot.
        
But Blue’s gut tells him that there’s more to these Mayflower mademoiselles than their affection for full moons and Bloody Marys. With the help of his beloved Regina and their close friends and relations in West End, Blue vows to uncover the women’s secret intentions—and prove once and for all that there is no greater force on earth than the power of love.

A mesmerizing slice of not-so-everyday life, brimming with wicked wit and spiced with a few supernatural surprises, Just Wanna Testify showcases Pearl Cleage’s masterly storytelling at its soulful and satisfying finest.


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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"...is her first novel.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by One World/Ballantine. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The girls are actually vampires come to collect five Morehouse college seniors they intend to take back to their island lair to use for breeding purposes.

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Denver Post

Every time I think their full moon has finally waned, I overhear grown women start up about "True Blood" or debate whether the shirtless werewolf guy is hotter than the shirtless vampire guy.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Blue wears many hats here, including adored husband to Regina, dear nephew to Abbey, and doting father to Sweetie and another little one on the way.

Blue is also the man you pay your respects to if you’re looking to set up shop in this urban enclave—just ask Serena Mayflower, whom Blue se...

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Arlington Library

Just Wanna Testify by Pearl Cleage is the perfect book to start your summer reading list.

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APOOO Bookclub

By Jeanette Wallington • Aug 29th, 2011 • Category: Book Review 2011 • Email This Post • Print This Post Pearl Cleage takes the reader back to the West End, an enclave in the Atlanta area, in her latest novel, Just Wanna Testify.

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