Sisters & Lovers

Connie Briscoe, Author HarperCollins Publishers $22 (339p) ISBN 978-0-06-017116-2
Set in and around Washington, D.C., Briscoe's earnest debut novel centers on three sisters attempting to balance their needs for love and their self-respect in a male-defined society. Beverly, Charmaine and Evelyn each represent stereotypical ``successful'' African American women, forced to compromise their desires in order to hold on to their male partners. Charmaine, 35, is a secretary, mother of one and pregnant; she struggles to cope financially and emotionally with her immature, underachieving husband as he weaves bold-faced lies about work, drugs and money. Evelyn, a 37-year-old psychologist and mother of two, resists her lawyer husband's desire to start his own firm, fearing that their standard of living will suffer. Magazine editor Beverly, perhaps the most interesting of the trio, is single, ``picky'' and reluctantly watching her biological clock tick its way to 30. Determined to move on after her boyfriend takes up with another woman, Beverly finds herself resorting to blind dates, considering artificial insemination and dating white men. Briscoe's writing lacks the energy and sass that Terry McMillan brought to the same theme, and her passages of introspection can be awkward and heavy-handed. The audience for this book will find it enjoyable but not memorable. 35,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild alternate; author tour. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/02/1994
Release date: 05/01/1994
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 409 pages - 978-0-345-40969-0
Hardcover - 437 pages - 978-0-7089-5805-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 416 pages - 978-0-8041-1334-2
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-55994-987-3
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