Nappily Ever After

By Trisha R. Thomas
Read by Lisa Reneé Pitts

9.22 Hours 03/01/2009 unabridged
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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 date at the beauty parlor to keep her long, nappy hair slick and straight. But the tedious hours and harsh chemicals in the salon have long grated on Venus, and 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. 

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Summary

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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 date at the beauty parlor to keep her long, nappy hair slick and straight. But the tedious hours and harsh chemicals in the salon have long grated on Venus, and 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. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Empowering…Thomas refuses to let her characters slide into stereotype, and she keeps the pace fast and funny.” Publishers Weekly
“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
“Not only has the author chosen the perfect title for her charming work, she’s also created an unusual love story from diverse perspectives. When Venus’ romance with Clint crumbles, she decides to cut off her long, gorgeous locks. This act symbolizes so much related to the self- image of black women that it’s a radical act. Narrator Lisa Renée Pitts is outstanding as the story’s primary character, and she absolutely shines portraying the older relatives. Her delivery of the slightly raunchy banter between three old guys is sheer fun, and her depictions of the mother-daughter exchanges are priceless. The topics of sexual harassment, living up to family expectations, and the lives of black Americans are genuine and relevant. Valuable life lessons are offered without being preachy and should appeal to a wide audience.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Trisha R. Thomas

Trisha R. Thomas lives in the Northwest with her husband and children. Nappily Ever After, her first novel, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the 2001 Golden Pen Award for Best New Author and Best Mainstream Fiction.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English