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Publisher's Summary

Venus Johnston has a great job and a long-term, live-in boyfriend who happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous doctor. She also has a weekly beauty-parlor date to keep her long, nappy hair slick and straight. But the tedious hours and harsh chemicals in the salon have long grated on Venus. One frustrating day, she trades in the long hair for a dramatically short, natural cut and sends her commitment-balking boyfriend packing. It's a bold declaration of independence and one that has effects she never could have imagined. Reactions from friends and coworkers range from concern to contempt to outright condemnation. When her ex starts dating a voluptuous, long-haired beauty, Venus is forced to question what she really wants out of life. With wit, resilience, and determination, Venus finally learns what true happiness is, on her own terms.
©2000 Michael Herr (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Thomas offers painful but amusing insights into the politics of beauty, black culture, and male-female relationships; her first novel places her in a league with Terry MacMillan and Bebe Moore Campbell." ( Booklist)
"Empowering....Thomas refuses to let her characters slide into stereotype, and she keeps the pace fast and funny." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Laura K. on 08-21-09


This was a good read because even though I listened, the narrator did such a good job that I feel like I read it word for word. Anyway, I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters. I also enjoyed the life lesson. Sometimes when u snooze, u loose. Keep up the good work

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-13-18

20 years Later... There is nothing new under the sun.

I originally picked up this book so that I had a premise for the series coming to Netflix. I have now started the series. While the book seems daunting in certain areas, Thomas deals with issues plaguing black women still some 20 years later. Though there is quite a bit of fat shaming in the book Thomas does a great job dealing with insecurities that many progessional

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