Here And Now

Here And Now

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by Kimberla Lawson Roby
     
 

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Brilliant and vibrant, Marcella Jones had the whole world in her hands, until she gave her heart to the wrong man. Tyrone was handsome and charismatic, but he left her destitute, raising two small children alone - and yearning for the kind of life her dead-end job will never provide. Marcella's elder sister Racquel, lives in a fine home, has a fulfilling career and…  See more details below

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Brilliant and vibrant, Marcella Jones had the whole world in her hands, until she gave her heart to the wrong man. Tyrone was handsome and charismatic, but he left her destitute, raising two small children alone - and yearning for the kind of life her dead-end job will never provide. Marcella's elder sister Racquel, lives in a fine home, has a fulfilling career and the love of Kevin, her handsome, successful, supportive husband. Yet her desperate longing for a child is driving her into a deep depression and away from Kevin. In the tradition of Waiting to Exhale and Big Girls Don't Cry, Here and Now is the poignant story of two strong, intelligent women facing tragedy, surviving loss and terrible sorrow, and ultimately learning that only with each other's help can they heal the hurt and celebrate the joy in their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Nava Hall
Roby's narrative is fast paced. . . the story never develops to a central crisis or point of tension, [it] gives the book the feel of someone sitting at a kitchen table relating a story to a friend. -- ForeWord Magazine
Library Journal
Roby hit the Blackboard best sellers list with her debut (originally self-published) Behind Closed Doors (Black Classic, 1997), about suburban African American women. She's likely to do it again, with this story of sisters Marcella and Raquel, raised south of Chicago, whose lives diverge because of the choices they make. Raquel, the older, seems to have it all--good job, fine husband, nice home -- but what she desperately longs for is children, while Marcella -- unmarried, living in the projects -- finds her life limited by the two children she had with her high school football star lover. Raquel seeks infertility treatment, revealing her hidden past, while Marcella seeks higher education, and just when things look up, tragedy strikes repeatedly. Roby's dialog rings true, and her strength as a storyteller outweighs her weakness as a writer who tends to record every detail of her characters' movements. Readers of Terry McMillan and Connie Briscoe will likely embrace this book as they did Roby's first; buy accordingly. --Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Arlington, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758200648
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
493,914
Product dimensions:
4.13(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.02(d)

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Here and Now 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an African American Librarian and a voracious reader over 40 years of age. I have read countless novels. This was one of the worst books I have ever read. Unless you are just beginning to read novels there is NO WAY that you could think this book was so spectacular. Except for the mother, the characters spoke like they didn't have a clue. Raquel and her infertility drama had me nauseated at every turn. I kept hoping that her husband would leave her. Nick's anursym was unbelievable. Sharon's death was so not real that I didn't shed a tear, especially when Raquel and Marcella were having lunch and Raquel tells her how 'lucky' she is that Sharon thought about leaving everything to her, the mom and the kids. Excuse me, but the girl is DEAD and all you can say is how lucky your sister is to have her money, furniture and a new car. This was a waste of time. I will give Kimberly Lawson Roby another shot by reading another one of her books because I refuse to abandon the sister altogether.
Talysia More than 1 year ago
Truth be told, I could not even finish this book. I tried over three times but to sate ny compulsion of knowing how it ends, I just flipped to the end. I was severely dissapointed. The writing did not attract my attention at all and the characters were unbelievably gray, no color. I wish I would've known before I selected this book to read. I hope the next book I choose from a selection of Kimberla Lawson Roby's writings, is much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several of her books and all of the books that I have read of hers were excellent. This book was very good and I would recommend it to others. She is a very good writer and I look forward to reading more of her books to hopefully come in the future she is my favorite author!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
SHE IS THE GREATEST! I LOOK FORWARD TO READING ALL OF HER BOOKS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. I CAN READ THEM ALL OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS SO FULL OF EXCITMENT,DRAMA AND JUST THINGS PEOPLE DEAL WITH EVERYDAY I LOVE HOW EVERY THING PLAYED OUT AND I LOVE HOW KIMBERLA MADE SEEM SO REAL WHEN I READING THE BOOK IT SEEMED IF AS I WAS RIGHT IN THE RM AND I WAS MARCELLA AND PLAYING THE PT I JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS BOOK I'VE READ IT OVER AND OVER IT'S JUST THAT GOOD AND EVERYTIME I READ IT GETS BETTER AND BETTER
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the story line being about everyday people and the traumas/dramas of their lives. After all what is more exciting than everyday life! I appreciated that there was no 'brand name' dropping. Through Marcella's life you heard of some of the difficults of single parent hood on a limited income (imagine not being able to take your child to the dr! here in the richest country in the world!) Through Kevin and Racquel you hear of the ups & downs of marriage and the toll that differing values can take. But through it all there was family and friends and in the final analysis isn't that what it is all about?
Guest More than 1 year ago
what author kills everybody in the book, okay only three people and a breakup, and a two no good fathers. so depressing i hated the way it ended the book keeps you going only for hope but gets worst. all the bad luck was unbelieviable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story line in this novel never failed. At each turn there was family, loyality, struggle, depression and a struggle to keep hope alive. This one is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best book i have ever read. i couldn't stop crying. in my opinion this beats anything by terry mcmillian or eric jerome dickey. kimberla really knows what she's doing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so great that I read it in a day and a half. The book really made you think of life and the way that things really happens, in everyday life. I laughed and I cried. I had to pass this book down to all of my friends so we all could laugh and cry about this wonderful book. This was the first book I read by this author and now I have read all of her books. I can't wait until her next book becomes available. Keep up the excellent work Kimberla Lawson Roby.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK FOR SINGLE MOMS WHO THINK THEY CAN'T MAKE IT. LIFE IS A STRUGGLE FOR US ALL BUT WE ALSO MUST REMEMBER TO NEVER GIVE UP. REMEMBER TO GET THE KLEENEX. I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I loved the way Marcella and her friend stuck together. The relationship they had was just awesome. If everyone could have a true friend like that, what a better place this would be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great story.. But it really hit home when Nick had an anurysm. I knew where she was going when his symptoms were written, since I to suffered a brain anurysm 2 years ago. Thank God I was fortunate and survived this almost always killer. I cried while I read this story in the Jury Lounge and had to go to the ladies room to regroup. Great Book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ.KIMBERLY LAWSON KEPT ME READING TO THE VERY END TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.THE RELATIONSHIP THAT THE MAIN CHARACTER HAD WITH HER BEST FRIEND WAS BEAUTIFUL. THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here and Now was an excellent book I believe Kimberla Lawson is on her way to the same rankings as Terry McMillan. I thought the book was kind of sad and it had so many twists and turns that I couldn't help but to grab a tissue and I couldn't wait to pick it up again. The only thing that I did not like was the way the story ended other than that I can't wait to read her next piece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS ABOUT A LOT OF COMMON STUFF THAT EVERY DAY PEOPLE GO THROUGH.BABY DADDY DRAMA,CHILD SUPPORT AND STRUGGLING WITH A JOB.BUT THIS BOOK STARTED OFF SLOW BUT KEPT YOU VERY INTERESTED AND WANTING TO SEE WHAT THE ENDING WAS ALL ABOUT
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good story, but had slow start. Felt like I was starting in the middle of a soap opera with no exposition or explaniation of character's actions. Author has potential but needs to research her material and develop characters a little more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OUTSTANDING, A MUST READ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my!!!! one of the best books of a lifetime.. easy to read in one day once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down. order fast food because cooking is out of the question. she pulls you in and never lets you go until the final page. A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By the end of the book, I felt like one of the sisters. I cried for them when they lost loved ones. I laughed with them when they triumphed, and I yelled with them when they were angry. I loved this book and every other book Kimbra has written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this book for the longest and decided to read it after I read her others. I am like the rest of the views. I cried, laugh and then some...EXCELLENT