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…  See more details below

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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 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...

Editorial Reviews

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.
Thi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012315731
Publisher:
Gemini Press
Publication date:
03/25/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
919,467
File size:
242 KB

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.

To date, Gloria has ten titles: SASSY, LIVING, BREATHING LIES, IF THERE BE PAIN, WHAT’S DONE IN THE DARK, DISTANT LOVER, THE HONEY WELL, PROMISES TO KEEP, WEEPING WILLOWS DANCE, SHADES OF JADE and WHEN WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE.

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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