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I always wait with a great sense of anticipation for Pearl Cleage's next book. Having read all of her novels, I consider myself a true fan. Fortunately, I've never been disappointed in her work. Unfortunately, her streak of success has been broken. This novel is a strange, unrealistic, and weird deviation from her style that made it impossible for me to finish the book. I tried to hang in there and open myself up to a new experience, but I just couldn't do it. If you're a true fan and are looking for a continuation of Ms. Cleage's encouraging and hopeful ventures into the West End, I'm sorry to say that you'll be disappointed in this work.
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First let me say that I LOVE Pearl Cleage's writing. I've read or listened to everything she has written--often more than once. I was so excited to see a new book by Ms. Cleage that I downloaded this one without a second thought. However, I can't even make it past the first half hour of this book. The characters in Cleage's Atlanta have always been real to me, but this flight into the world of fantasy and not-of-this-world creatures was a bit too much. It isn't that I don't occasionally like books along those lines (though not often), but it is neither what I expect from this author nor what I value in her writing. Overall, if you are a Cleage fan, don't expect this to be like anything she's done before, and if you're not but like stories about fantastical beings in the "real" world, then this might be the book for you.
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