Till You Hear From Me

Till You Hear From Me

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From the acclaimed Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day . . . and Seen It All and Done the Rest , comes an Obama-era romance featuring a cast of unforgettable characters.
 
Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama's presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty-five-year-old Ida B. Wells Dunbar finds herself on Washington, D.C.'s post-election sidelines even as her twentysomething counterparts overrun the West Wing. Adding to her woes, her father, the Reverend Horace A. Dunbar, Atlanta civil rights icon and self-described "foot soldier for freedom," is notoriously featured on an endlessly replayed YouTube clip in which his pronouncements don't exactly jibe with the new era in American politics.

    The Rev's stinging words and myopic views don't sound anything like the man who raised Ida to make her mark in the world. When friends call to express their concern, Ida realizes it's time to head home and see for herself what's going on. Besides, with her job prospects growing dimmer, getting out of D.C. for a while might be the smartest move she could make.

    Back in her old West End neighborhood, Ida runs into childhood friend and smooth political operator Wes Harper, also in town to pay a visit to the Reverend Dunbar, his mentor. Ida doesn't trust Wes or his mysterious connections for one second, but she can't deny her growing attraction to him.
 
While Ida and the Rev try to find the balance between personal loyalties and political realities, they must do some serious soul searching in order to get things back on track before Wes permanently derails their best laid plans.
 
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345506375
0345506375
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 270 p. ; 25 cm

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Mar 05, 2011

The main character is a feminist yearning for a job in the Obama White House and her father, another major character, is an activist pastor in the Jesse Jackson mold so there’s a good story deep down inside this book. The author’s father was also an activist minister so perhaps the inspiration for the father character stems from Cleage’s own family. But the good things in the novel are obscured by stereotypical characters, extremely bad language, and the dialogue and descriptions of a prototypical romance novel. I recommend passing it by.

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