Mirrored Life by Anita Richmond Bunkley

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When her mother died, seven-year-old Sara Jane Talbot knew things would never be the same-and she was right. Her father's dark moods got darker. The abuse he administered got worse. And life in rural Mallard, Texas quickly became almost unbearable-except when she was with her best friends, Precious and Joyce Ann. They made her feel special, as if she finally belonged. But one night the girls committed a robbery-with Sara Jane as an unwitting accomplice. The good times were over.

Now, after five long years in the Gatesview Correctional Facility for Women, Sara Jane is ready to turn her life around. She has a cosmetology license, a new name (Serena St. James), and a dream. Serena views her first post-prison job-as a shampoo girl at an upscale Dallas salon-as an important first step, and when a world-famous R&B singer hires Serena as her personal stylist, it seems as if Serena's wishes are finally going to come true.

However, Serena cannot escape the memories of her childhood, and lives in dread that her new life will become tainted by the terrible secrets of her old one. Her fears are not unfounded-for someone who knows all about the nightmares of her past will stop at nothing to use them against her .


About Anita Richmond Bunkley

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Anita Richmond Bunkley is a novelist, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator. She was born in Columbus, Ohio. Bunkley was researching the African American woman who inspired the song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas," when she decided instead to write a novel based on the woman's life. Bunkley self-published the book, Emily. Bunkley published other novels with Dutton/Signet including Wild Embers which was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 10 best romances of 1995. Glamour magazine picked Starlight Passage as a favorite romance novel of the year. Bunkley has also been honored with the United Negro College Fund's Excellence in Achievement Award. She created a program based on her story of determination and success in the face of overwhelming odds. Her book, Steppin' Out With Attitude, offers practical advice, emotional support, and step-by-step tips to help pave the way to success for the businesswoman, entrepreneur, or young person entering the job market. She tours throughout the country offering her workshops through the black women's empowerment venue African American Women on Tour.
Published November 1, 2002 by Kensington. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Credited with Diane’s dazzling new look, Serena enjoys a modicum of fame herself, thus exciting the jealousy and greed of Joyce, out of jail and looking for easy money.

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Thus is Serena St. James born—but she's broke and struggling to make it in a nearly all-white industry, until aging R&B star Diana Devreux pulls up in a limousine and demands a black stylist.

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