A New Kind of Bliss by Bettye Griffin

By Bettye Griffin

Griffin is a budding identify in mainstream African American fiction. --Chicago magazine

After her father's dying, Emily Yancy concurs to maneuver again to her dead-end place of origin. yet she's dreading each minute she'll need to spend in her mother's tiny residence. finally, she's a forty-three-year-old divorcée who is doing simply positive on her personal. There are a few rewards for dutiful daughters though--like Aaron Merritt, a wealthy, unmarried healthcare professional with chocolate pores and skin and bed room eyes. . .

Aaron is quickly taking Emily to fancy eating places and welcoming her to fulfill his relations. but if the lighting fixtures exit, something's lacking. input Teddy Simms, Emily's eighth-grade weigh down. Teddy hasn't accomplished what Aaron has--but he is picked up a couple of talents in different parts. Will Emily opt for a courting that does not fulfill her mind--or a simple compatibility that does not relatively expand into the bed room? Or is there a way she will locate the easiest of either worlds?

"A compelling drama approximately 3 households striving for the yankee dream." --Booklist on If those partitions may Talk

"Fear and pleasure essentially jump off the pages. A well-written tale you are going to hate to determine end." --RT e-book Reviews on Once Upon a Project

"Griffin expertly explores the common look for love." --Booklist

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Not exactly my idea of a roaring good time. 舠Not that I know of. I do know that a lot of women have been inviting him to their dinner parties as the 舖extra man,舗 and that he舗s been turning them down. 舡 Rosalind stood up. 舠We舗ll talk about it later. I舗ve got to run, and I want to say hello to your mother on my way out. 舡 She blew Wayne and me a kiss and headed for the far end of the pew, where Mom continued to hold court. Š The funeral service was a lot smaller than the wake舒it was a weekday after all舒and a lot sadder.

They both had kids, most of whom were grown and out of the house. Sonny taught mathematics at SUNY New Paltz, but it was only early June and there wouldn舗t be classes until the fall. Cissy was general manager of a big convention hotel in Pittsburgh, but it wasn舗t like they couldn舗t find someone to fill in for her, somebody like, if I had to guess off the top of my head, the assistant general manager. I saw no reason for me to be the one to have to make a major sacrifice. Being divorced meant the only household income was the one I brought home, and in my opinion that made me the least likely candidate舒that is, unless Sonny and Cissy planned on paying my mortgage, car note, and other bills.

As I thought of Tanis, who舗d gone through school with us, it was now my turn to want to make a face. Our mothers were good friends, and there舗d always been a competition of sorts between both Tanis and I and our mothers, who were eager to brag about our accomplishments. I舗m sorry to say that I was behind in the race. 舠But I舗ve got just the man for you, Em,舡 Rosalind continued. 舠Aaron Merritt. 舡 I promptly asked, and I wasn舗t joking. I figured if he had credentials like that, it had to be because nobody wanted his ass.

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