Loving Her

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The groundbreaking story centers on Renay, a talented black musician who is forced by pregnancy to marry the abusive, alcoholic Jerome Lee. When Jerome sells Renay's piano to finance his drinking, she leaves her destructive marriage, and flees with her young daughter to Terry, a wealthy white writer whom she met at a supper club. Terry awakens in Renay a love and sexual desire beyond her erotic imaginings. Despite the sexist, racist, and homophobic prejudices they must confront,...

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Overview

The groundbreaking story centers on Renay, a talented black musician who is forced by pregnancy to marry the abusive, alcoholic Jerome Lee. When Jerome sells Renay's piano to finance his drinking, she leaves her destructive marriage, and flees with her young daughter to Terry, a wealthy white writer whom she met at a supper club. Terry awakens in Renay a love and sexual desire beyond her erotic imaginings. Despite the sexist, racist, and homophobic prejudices they must confront, the mutually supportive couple finds physical and emotional joy.

When Jerome discovers the nature of Renay and Terry's friendship, he beats Renay nearly to death and, in a drunken rage, kidnaps his daughter, who subsequently dies in a car accident. Grief stricken and guilty about her love for Terry, Renay feels that God has punished her and breaks off their relationship to atone for her "sins." In the end, she returns to Terry and a renewed life.

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"In its exploration of a daring subject boldly shared I think [the novel] has immense value. It enables us to see and understand, perhaps for the first time, the choices certain women have made about how they will live their lives, and allows us glimpses at physical intimacies between women that have been, in the past, deliberately ridiculed or obscured. . . This book was obviously written out of an earnest passion that its subject be fully acknowledged as existing. It offers the reader an opportunity to develop a new way of seeing and caring." —Alice Walker, Ms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555533298
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/1997
  • Series: Northeastern Library of Black Literature
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,299,558
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    So wonderful

    I went through every emotion when reading this book. It's really fantastic, well written, and touches on so many topics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    Love above all else

    Great book lots of action shows some of the problems involved in relationships involing men and children

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2004

    Lesbian theme that can be called 'Literature at it's best'

    Excellent storyline! Excellent flow! Interesting characters! Profound commentary and observations! You are literally transformed into a fly on the wall, to observe what it's like to be black, female, lesbian and in an interracial relationship in the 70's. An overall well written book! Raises the bar for lesbian literature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2014

    Courageous novel. I highly recommend.

    Courageous novel. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Loving her is awesome

    This was the first lesion novel I read with a cocos on interracial relationshios, truly touching and romantic,

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    I really liked this novel because it tells of life in the now wi

    I really liked this novel because it tells of life in the now with no holds barred. How a woman embarks down the road of marriage to a man who 
    is abusive and rapes her for 20 years as she goes through the motions as a couple when in fact she is a lesbian and
    how she struggles with herself battling against racism, homophobia, . its a lovely poignant, heart wrenching story
     which allows the reader insight into how difficult here life has been, but there is a rainbow at the end when she finally admits she is lesbian
    and proud of it.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended.

    Loved this book. Have read it twice and plan on reading it again. I hope it will be made into e book.

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