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Distant Lover

Distant Lover

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by Gloria Mallette

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For thirty-seven-year-old Tandi Crawford, the past is a double-edged sword. On one side is the agonizing mystery of her mother's early death and her father's brutally cold indifference. On the other is the all-too-vivid recollection of one unforgettable summer and the unrequited teenage romance that won't let Tandi rest. The fantasy of getting together with a boy she


For thirty-seven-year-old Tandi Crawford, the past is a double-edged sword. On one side is the agonizing mystery of her mother's early death and her father's brutally cold indifference. On the other is the all-too-vivid recollection of one unforgettable summer and the unrequited teenage romance that won't let Tandi rest. The fantasy of getting together with a boy she hasn't seen in more than twenty years has pulled Tandi through many a bitterly lonely night with a husband who's too busy to notice that he's lost her.

After vowing never to live in her father's house again, Tandi finds that her failed marriage has brought her and her young son back to that very same dusty doorstep. And when Tandi's daydreams of reuniting with her long-ago boyfriend unexpectedly become an exciting and passionate reality, Tandi discovers that nothing and no one in her life is as it appears to be...

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Booklist - Lillian Lewis
Tandi has always had a tumultuous relationship with her father, Sporty, who raised his children as a single parent. Although she is married to Jared, a hardworking attorney, and has an idyllic son, she feels unloved and unappreciated. She leaves her husband and retreats to the only place she can go until she is able to make it on her own--her father's house. Her brother insists that she prolong her stay after Sporty has a stroke. After he antagonizes several home-health aides, Tandi threatens to
Ms. Loretta
DISTANT LOVER is a passionate, emotional story encompassing the perils of Tandi Crawford's efforts to live a normal adult life even though examples of normalcy was never within her grasp. Tandi grew up without the presence of a mother's love and in the presence of a father who displayed hostile indifference. Additionally, her father offered no input about the mother she never knew.

DISTANT LOVER is the sixth published work by Gloria Mallette, and with it comes the realization for me th
Publishers Weekly
In this fifth novel by Mallette (The Honey Well, etc.), 37-year-old Tandi Crawford is holding onto her marriage by her fingertips. She "couldn't say she knew the exact moment she felt her marriage was over; she just knew it didn't end all at once." Her husband, Jared, spends all his time at his busy Queens law firm, too preoccupied to notice Tandi and their 11-year-old son, Michael. This leaves Tandi bitter and depressed, not to mention hurt when she finds out Jared cheated on her. When she fina
RawSistaz Reviewers
DISTANT LOVER is an emotional story written with a frankness that
is unbridled. Ms. Mallette weaves a simple tale with an emotionally
deplete main character, and questionable secondary characters who
added substance to Tandi's story. Solidly written, DISTANT LOVER
showcases Ms. Mallette's uncompromising honesty about life. This
story casts a penetrating look at family and consequences. And it
raises questions about a bizarre yet believable family situation.

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Meet the Author

Author Gloria Mallette, a Finalist in the 2009 and a Winner in the 2007 National Best Books Awards in African American Fiction; and a Winner in the 2010 and 2008 National Indie Excellence Awards in African American Fiction was first published in 1995 by Holloway House with the title WHEN WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE while she was employed part-time as a Federal Perkins Loan Coordinator at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. However, by 2000, with five manuscripts and several rejection letters from major publishing houses in her file cabinet, with a nudge from her husband, Gloria stepped timidly out onto the self-publishing track.

In April of 2000, Gloria self-published SHADES OF JADE and by August had sold 13,000 copies when Random House came calling. SHADES OF JADE was re-published in June of 2001 and has since made several best sellers lists, including Black Board, Essence Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post/Washington is Also Reading listing and Upscale Magazine.

Gloria has been featured in ToDay’s Black Woman (2003, 2007), The New York Daily News (2000), USA Today ( 2001), The Pocono Record (2006, 2007), and has a novella, COME TOMORROW, featured on the USAToday.com website.


Spring of 2010 marked a new beginning for Gloria. She realized her lifelong dream of becoming an artist. She now paints in acrylics in addition to continuing to write.

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Distant Lover 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
STOP IT I SAY, Just write a review don't tell the story some of us would like to buy and read it for ourself's THANK YOU !!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read countless books this year alone. This author¿s style is unique. She doesn¿t follow the standard rules most authors take. Her ending aren¿t always ¿happy endings¿. Her books are an easy read that are hard to put down. This story is not one of her best. This is not a must read. Her lead character can be the one the reader hates the most as in ¿Let There Will Be Pain¿. This time I was indifferent from the onset with the main character. Author needs to work on this. Why read a book about someone you don¿t like or care about? I found myself saying ¿so what or give me a break¿ throughout my read. I didn't get a point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis book was spellbinding. I was riveted by the secrets constantly being revealed on every page. I feel the writing was outstanding and entertaining. I definetly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read, and I love the ' gotcha' of the distant father and missing mother. Among the story of husband, wife, and son and a lowdow dirty scandalous 'friend', comes the underlying story of the distant relationship with father and daughter. A very well written and told story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a nice mellow read. It had the drama, the love, and reality. This book kept my attention throughout the story since it flowed so well. I really enjoyed this book, it was a shocker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It is a fast read and will hold your interest. It has a lot going on and it comes together nicely. Tandi is a confused woman about a lot of things: her family, her marriage and her friendships. She finds out everything in the end. This book has humor, suspense, sex, lies and deceit. All of Mallettes books have this exciting drama in them. Definitely worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gloria Mallette¿s sixth novel, Distant Lover, looks at the effects of love on children as they mature into adults. Meet Tandi, a wife and mother. She seems to have the life her friends can only dream about but Tandi is in turmoil. Her marriage is on the verge of destruction, her husband Jared cheated on her several years ago and Tandi can¿t forget it. Her father Sporty, who was a single parent, is a crotchety old man who is bitter and treats Tandi worse than imaginable. Tandi¿s older brother Glynn hasn¿t the time or inclination to listen to anything she says. As a result, Tandi longs for love from someplace. Tandi is fighting depression, disillusionment and pent up anger. She longs for her life to be different in some way. She makes seemingly positive and negative changes. She leaves Jared and takes their son MJ. In her haste to depart she winds up moving in with Sporty. He suffers a stroke, so her quick place to stay becomes more permanent. Glynn is only helpful finding a nursing agency that will place home health aides in the home to relieve Tandi of some of the burden, stress and responsibility. Sporty runs the great majority of them off. Even in his stricken stage, he¿s intimidating and ruthless. He eventually meets his match and is introduced to an aide who can handle him, with her mere presence right when Tandi can take it no longer. Tandi is amazed at the change in Sporty upon meeting this new aide. In the midst of it all, Tandi reminisces on how life could have been and wonders what her first love, Brent can bring to her life. Ironically, he has returned to town after two wives and two-kids and has settled back into the swing of things. Tandi and Brent attempt to rekindle their old flame. Is this what she truly wants? Is this how life should have been for her? Distant Lover covers a lot of territory through well-paced plot and character development. Through Tandi¿s entire journey to self-acceptance, I felt the realness in her persona. Gloria Mallette has crafted yet another memorable novel.