Till You Hear from Me by Pearl Cleage
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Pearl Cleage's Just Wanna Testify and a Till You Hear from Me discussion guide.

From the acclaimed Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day . . . and Seen It All and Done the Rest, comes an Obama-era romance featuring a cast of unforgettable characters.
 
Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty-five-year-old Ida B. Wells Dunbar finds herself on Washington, D.C.’s post-election sidelines even as her twentysomething counterparts overrun the West Wing. Adding to her woes, her father, the Reverend Horace A. Dunbar, Atlanta civil rights icon and self-described “foot soldier for freedom,” is notoriously featured on an endlessly replayed YouTube clip in which his pronouncements don’t exactly jibe with the new era in American politics.

    The Rev’s stinging words and myopic views don’t sound anything like the man who raised Ida to make her mark in the world. When friends call to express their concern, Ida realizes it’s time to head home and see for herself what’s going on. Besides, with her job prospects growing dimmer, getting out of D.C. for a while might be the smartest move she could make.

    Back in her old West End neighborhood, Ida runs into childhood friend and smooth political operator Wes Harper, also in town to pay a visit to the Reverend Dunbar, his mentor. Ida doesn’t trust Wes or his mysterious connections for one second, but she can’t deny her growing attraction to him.
 
While Ida and the Rev try to find the balance between personal loyalties and political realities, they must do some serious soul searching in order to get things back on track before Wes permanently derails their best laid plans.
 
 

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 April 12, 2010 by One World/Ballantine. 289 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Rev’s defection from Obama’s camp is doubly puzzling, since he and Ed spearheaded a voter-registration campaign that mustered more than 100,000 new African-American Democrats to the polls in November.

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After her work on the Obama campaign, 35-year-old Ida Dunbar expects a placement in the new administration, but it appears her hopes are dashed as a result of statements made by her outspoken father, civil rights legend Rev.

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The Washington Post

Wells Dunbar (Cleage is not subtle with names), who, in the wake of Obama's historic election, reluctantly returns home to Atlanta to check on her aging father, the Rev.

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Ida doesn’t trust Wes or his mysterious connections for one second, but she can’t deny her growing attraction to him.

While Ida and the Rev try to find the balance between personal loyalties and political realities, they must do some serious soul searching in order to get things back on t...

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and tells her to return home she is not ready, partly because she and her father are not in agreement about the new president and because the whole city thinks she is part of the new administration.

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