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Love and lies
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Adult Fiction ROBY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

For Charlotte Black, there are some good things about being married to the "world renowned" Rev. Curtis Black (whose flashy, trashy life Roby has dished in earlier works). Her husband's bestselling books and flourishing ministry allow her a life of luxury, but Curtis is always away on publicity tours, and Charlotte suspects he's cheating. Of course, she's cheated, too one affair yielded 12-year-old Matthew, while five-year-old Marissa, a budding pyromaniac (Charlotte assured Curtis the girl is his), is the demon spawn of her tryst with mentally ill Aaron. Charlotte hires a private detective to catch Curtis in the act. Meanwhile, Charlotte's best friend and co-narrator, college professor Janine, has man trouble of her own: freeloading boyfriend Antonio turns her living room into a drug den and takes up with another woman. Janine eventually calls the cops and gets her locks changed, and Antonio promises revenge. A farcical array of misfortunes (a death, a near-deadly stabbing, another illegitimate child born, etc.) rock the cast as the book lumbers toward its conclusion. Astonishingly, none of this gets in the way of the happy ending; all the trouble, it turns out, was worth it. Readers may not be so sure. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Still misbehaving but still somehow blessed, the Rev. Curtis Black returns from a successful author tour to a vexed wife with some guilty secrets of her own. With a ten-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Charlotte Black
Female
African American
Mother of two; enjoys her life of luxury; doesn't trust that her husband has put his womanizing past behind him; her daughter is acting bizarre.

Curtis Black
Male
African American
Charlotte's husband; bestselling author; has a successful ministry; always on publicity tours.
Minister



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