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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The namesake of Hunt's appealing but uneven first novel is a black woman who, with her two sisters, rises from poverty in Oakland, Calif., to find brief fame in an all-girl, Supremes-like singing group. Joy has just died when the book opens, and her life story is recounted in the feisty voice of the elderly Baby Palatine, who has adoringly cared for Joy since childhood. But as the family gathers--somewhat grudgingly--for Joy's funeral, they set about destroying Baby Palatine's image of her ``God-sent'' former charge with insinuations of racial self-hatred, steamy sex, blackmail and even murder. Hunt, born in Philadelphia and now an actress in London and the mother of Mick Jagger's first child, demonstrates considerable talent in tackling the eventful career of such a complex character. Yet she still has much to master in her craft: her grasp of African-American vernacular is engaging but uneven, and the swarming plot seems a cross between Rebecca and Dreamgirls , with a final scene of carnage appropriate for a Die Hard sequel. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Joy is dead. Joy, with her quick smile, her honey brown skin, her bright spirit. Joy, the ``God-sent child'' of childless, God-fearing Baby Palatine. Baby Palatine recalls how she mothered the neglected little girl, loved her, and watched her rise from the ghetto with her sisters to fame as a singer. But when she joins the remaining sisters at Joy's funeral, she discovers that there was a Joy she didn't know, one whose chic apartment hid drug abuse, blackmail, and other dark secrets. Baby Palatine's final reunion with the sisters ends with blood sprayed across the suede sofa. Hunt is a classically trained actress who gained some notoriety of her own as the mother of Mick Jagger's first child; this is her first novel. Flashy, sordid, and peopled with cliched characters, it calls to mind a sort of Valley of the Dolls with black characters. Indeed, the book will appeal most to readers of works like Jacqueline Susann's. Buy only to meet demand. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/90.-- Maurice Taylor, Brunswick Cty. Lib., Southport, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452267534
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/16/1991
  • Series: Contemporary Fiction Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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