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What doesn't kill you : a novel
DeBerry, Virginia
Adult Fiction DEBERRY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

When it rains, it pours for Tee Hodges, the spirited, stiff-upper-lipped protagonist of DeBerry and Grant's latest. Tee, the longtime right-hand woman of fragrance entrepreneur Olivia Markson, gets the shock of her life when, shortly after Olivia dies, Olivia's daughter pink-slips her. Even worse, the bad news hits just as Tee's putting the finishing touches on her daughter's elaborate wedding. Yet even when she finds her world swirling out of her grasp, she maintains the image that she has everything together. As her savings dwindle, her employment prospects look bleak, creditors begin calling, her parents explore the possibility of divorce and friends she trusted turn out to be less than supportive, Tee begins to trust her instincts, which sharpens her confidence in her entrepreneurial drive and leads her into the arms of a doting man. This is the anti-pity party: snappy, fun and inspiring. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Essence best-selling authors DeBerry and Grant (Gotta Keep on Trying) create a blueprint for restructuring your life in their new novel. Thomasina "Tee" Hodges is a fortysomething single mother who has it all: a career working for an international cosmetic company that she cofounded; an educated, independent, professionally minded daughter; and a comfortable life that can afford her the finer things she deserves. But no sooner does she plan and pay for her daughter's wedding than she get fired from her job. The day after her daughter's wedding, she wakes up with the best man. Then her former employer threatens litigation against her for property that is rightfully hers, and the bill collectors start to call. As if that isn't enough, her job hunting is not turning up any prospects, while her cash flow dwindles day by day. Tee prided herself on keeping it together, but now her life is falling apart. She begins to learn to invest in her life and not the things that she thought made her life important. This is a story that is sure to keep these authors' fans wanting more. Recommended for all public libraries and African American fiction collections.--Carol Johnson, Cleveland P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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