Fire & Brimstone

Fire & Brimstone

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by Laurinda D. Brown
     
 

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Chris Desmereaux, college graduate and single mother of two, staring down the food stamp line, looking for love, compassion, and stability, is unaware that she has just been awarded her own personal advanced ghetto degree the day Gayle Evans finds her personal ad in the paper — and answers it.

Gayle Evans, toe-tapping, knee-slapping, make-you-wanna-holla

Overview

Chris Desmereaux, college graduate and single mother of two, staring down the food stamp line, looking for love, compassion, and stability, is unaware that she has just been awarded her own personal advanced ghetto degree the day Gayle Evans finds her personal ad in the paper — and answers it.

Gayle Evans, toe-tapping, knee-slapping, make-you-wanna-holla Minister of Music with a divine gift from God. "Praise the Lord" is her mantra. Macking women is her game. Destroying every life she touches, Gayle brings more misery than harmony. She has a lesson or two to learn after she uses her "relationship with God" to break up a seemingly happy home.

Alternately set in Washington, D.C. and Memphis, Tennessee, Fire & Brimstone is an "in your face" tale that explores lesbianism and Black motherhood as both separate and integrated issues impacting the main character's role as a single parent, while opening dialogue on same-sex domestic violence, religious beliefs, bisexuality, negligent fathers, economics, and intra-racial caste systems among African-Americans. Depending on one's beliefs and opinions, Fire & Brimstone leaves no room for "in-between" emotions, leading the reader to ultimately draw his or her own conclusion as to what the ending actually means: Is homosexuality a sin, or does God love us as we are?

The author reminds us that gay women are everywhere, even in the African-American church — a place where no one expects to find them.

Fire & Brimstone does an excellent job of testing the boundaries of 21st century morality.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Laurinda Brown's Fire & Brimstone is an engagingly provocative novel about two women who find comfort in one another as they struggle to find comfort within themselves. Brown's writing is refreshing, controversial, and right on point. Readers will be caught up in the novel from page one and be eager to discuss it with friends after the conclusion. Fire & Brimstone is destined to become a bestseller." — Zane, National Bestselling Author of Addicted, Nervous and Skyscraper

"This novel is full of drama and lessons...an interesting one-sitting read!" — Shonell Bacon, Author of Luvalwayz: The Opposite Sex and Relationships

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593090159
Publisher:
Strebor Books
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Laurinda D. Brown uses her writing to tell universal stories that apply to all cross-sections of society. A graduate of Howard University, she writes about life, not lifestyles. She currently resides in the Atlanta metro area with her two daughters. Visit www.ldbrownbooks.com, www.myspace.com/laurindadbrown and www.myspace.com/TheHighestPriceforPassion.

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Fire & Brimstone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was ok for the most part but all the reviews were so wonderful that I expected more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of erratic timelines; you're pulled into the past with little to no warning, and once you're there, you have to guess the age of the characters (with the exception of prom night). Detailed information that should have served as a background for the story (& would've caused great character development) is found near the end, although I still don't know how long the main characters were in a relationship with each other. There's not a single account of detailed lovemaking, yet there's a sickening, extremely detailed rape. I wouldn't have even mentioned the former were it not for the latter. I wouldn't call this a lesbian novel. I understand that it's hard to be gay in the black community, but this book reads as if it were a tool used for making gays and lesbians denounce their way of life and falsely live as a heterosexual. Being gay does not mean one is not one with God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say, this book is an excellent read. Unusual content, nonetheless- a mouth dropping event. So sad to say the reality of the book, is true.. Not all spaces, but a lot of places. After reading all the pages- the ending was indeed spectacular. Change will come. If we submit, believe and receive. Way to go MS. BROWN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine suggested this book to me and am I glad she did. The book told the store of one so familier to me. By the end of this book I was in tears. This book is a must read for anyone who can relate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was recommended this book from a friend, who said it was very interesting. I wholeheartedly agree. Laurinda D. Brown has written a book that could be written from the life of a lot of lesbians. The writing and the plot were engaging. I followed the twists and turns of the Chris and Gayle, who each had their own stories to tell and crosses to bear. I didn¿t really believe the ending was realistic; I guess I was expecting it to end differently. Believe me, there¿s nothing wrong with turning your life over to the Lord, but I think she was denying who she really is. The moral of ¿Fire and Brimstone¿ is we are all flawed, sin and fall short. That¿s what makes us human. We have to figure out what¿s truly in our heart and learn to live with it. At the same time, we should also acknowledge there is a higher power that keeps us every day. I¿m highly looking forward to her next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As another reviewer stated, it is usually difficult to discuss homosexuality and religion in the same book. However, the author did a wonderful job of taking religion beyond the hypocritical aspect to the truth. The truth of being true to yourself, understanding the impacts and consequences of choices we make in life, the affects of not dealing with past hurts, and most of all, learning to forgive. In addition, learning to love despite religion, culture and/or ethnic backgrounds, is the most important lesson anyone can learn in life. Most of the subjects in the book relate to things in my life. Even though this book is considered fiction, and in reality my end results were different, some of the choices and consequences are the same. The author really touched me through this book in numerous ways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Homosexuality and religion are not easy things to write about because you have to be on side or the other. The author has done a good job of presenting both sides of this controversial pair by merely being an observer of hypocrisies in the church. It truly reminded me that no one sin is greater than the other. A must read for all of us.