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Overview

Fresh from his small hometown in Tennessee where the color line is still a barrier folks don't cross, Jordan Greene was in culture shock when he first arrived in Manhattan. Now he's gotten used to the Big Apple's rough edges. He has a great friend named Solomon and a good job at a computer company way down on Wall Street, a pretty long ride from his apartment in Queens. Even longer is the growing distance between Jordan and his girlfriend J'nette. Then Kimberly walks into his life. She's a funny, spunky artist, gorgeous with her long red hair and Irish cream skin. That's the problem, especially for a man with Malcolm X's picture on his office wall: Kimberly Chavers is white. Falling hard and fast for a black man is only part of Kimberly's problem. She has secrets she doesn't intend to share; and a past she hasn't put to rest. But soon neither she nor Jordan are listening to their heads - only their hearts. That means facing the fallout from friends and families who don't understand, along with a truth that will shake Jordan's faith to the core... and test the true power of love.
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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
Entertaining.
Library Journal
The author of the best-selling Milk in My Coffee visits the L.A. singles scene.
USA Today
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Kirkus Reviews
Dickey—who will inevitably be called 'the male Terry McMillan'—shows a willingness to take on deep-rooted stereotypes, while occasionally lapsing into some of his own. His third novel (Friends and Lovers, 1997) offers two narrators who take turns telling their stories: the red-haired, white-skinned painter Kimberly Chavers, and the classic buppie Jordan Greene. Jordan's not even interested in dating a white woman, but finds himself drawn to Kimberly's fiery personality and independent spirit. Events test the couple royally: Jordan loses his job; his best friend Solomon and Solomon's fiancee, Zoe, break up for the worst possible reason; and Kimberly's ex appears unexpectedly. Her mysterious past is revealed, including the fact that her ex-husband is black and her own father, from whom she's estranged, is half black. Peripheral characters are drawn carelessly: Solomon is a textbook bad-guy, and Kimberly's best friend, of Jamaican descent, always speaks in exaggerated Bob Marley fashion.

The most chilling aspect of this romantic relationship? Virtually without exception, Jordan's friends, relatives, and acquaintances are unwilling to accept Kimberly, and their hostility is convincing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417616220
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey

ERIC JEROME DICKEY is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him.

Biography

Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and earned a degree in computer system technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry working as a software developer, Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a stand-up comedian. He soon began working the local and national comedy circuit. In the early 1990s the aerospace industry took a downward turn and Dickey found himself "downsized," but took this as an opportunity to embark on a writing career.

Having written several scripts for his personal comedy act, Dickey started writing poetry and short stories. He joined the IBWA (International Black Writers and Artists), participated in their development workshops, and became a recipient of the IBWA SEED Scholarship to attend UCLA's creative writing classes. In 1994 his first published short story, "Thirteen," appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing, Voices of the Diaspora: An Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, "Days Gone By," was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.

With those successes behind him, Dickey decided to fine-tune some of his earlier work and developed a screenplay called Cappuccino. Cappuccino was directed and produced by Craig Ross Jr. and appeared in coffeehouses around the Los Angeles area. In February 1998, Cappuccino made its local debut during the Pan African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in Los Angeles and is currently on the film festival circuit.

Dickey's book-signing tours for Sister, Sister, Friends and Lovers, and Milk in My Coffee took him coast to coast and helped propel these novels to No. 1 on the Blackboard bestsellers List. His books have been featured in many publications, including Essence magazine and USA Today, and have appeared on the bestseller lists of The Los Angeles Times, Blackboard, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Dickey has appeared as a guest on many television shows, including BET's Our Voices and CNN's Sunday Morning Live.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 7, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Memphis, Tennessee
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Memphis, 1983
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    GREAT BOOK GREAT AUTHOR

    I loved this book....I love all of his books...I have all of his books and reread them all the time...this book is so realistic you would think that you know the people in the book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Very Entertaining and Thought Provoking

    Our bookclub, 'Sista Circle', enjoyed the book. We all agreed that the storylines in the book were interesting and unpredictable. The book also generated a heated discussion about interracial dating and depictions of white vs. black women.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Great Book!

    This was a very good read that had lots of unexpected twists. I would definitely recommend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Good Job!

    My asian girlfriend and I loved the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Loved it

    This book was recommend to me by a friend, and I absolutley loved it. Def, going to read more from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    EJD at his best

    If you are new to Eric Jerome Dickey start here. You will be hooked forever!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Love it!

    It was hard for me to stop reading this book! The entire book kept me interested and I loved the ending!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Loveeeeeeeee this booj

    This book is juicy and very detailed. The plot is so real you can get caught up while reading this novel LOVE IT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    loved it!

    it was definitely a page turner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2011

    Good Book

    I read this book awhile ago...twice! I enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    great book

    such a good book! loved it!

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Milk in My Coffee is a twist after twist

    I thought it started out slow and typical, but after a few chapters it was entertaining. The last few chapters made you read faster and contained the twists. I end up really enjoying it.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Good reading for a rainy day

    This book reminds us how we can all be very different and at the same time be very similar when we doubt about ourselves. This book narrates what happens to many every day and how couples get in sticky and even complicated situations without even looking for trouble.
    The story is fresh and very real to what happens to couples today. The twist in the story is how in now a days we still see such differences in thinking between interracial relationships and how the prejudice still remains among many. This story has a great ending and leaves you wanting more from this author. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for a rainy day or beach read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Decent enough

    It's an overall pretty decent book. It wasn't enough drama in it for me. It has some page turning moments, but I wouldn't say the book was overall. It's one of those books that you can sit by a fire and drink hot cocoa, but not one to carry every where with you in case you have time to read it because you can't stop thinking about what happens next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    Awesome

    I like this book it is great. I would like to read his other books like Sister Sister also Friends and Lovers.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

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    SO REAL

    ERIC JEROME DICKEY IS A GREAT WRITER. AND HE IS FAST BECOMING ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS. MILK IN MY COFFEE WAS SO REAL. YOU CAN HONESTLY RELATE TO THIS BOOK. WHY IS IT THAT YOU CAN NOT LOVE WHO YOU LOVE. BE IT BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW, GREEN, ETC. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. THE CHARACTERS OF JORDAN AND KIMBERLY SHOWED THAT IF YOU REALLY CARE AND LOVE THE OTHER PERSON THERE ARE NO BARRIERS THAT YOU CAN NOT BREAK THROUGH. I AM SO GLAD THAT THEY MADE IT. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK HIGHLY. ENJOY.......

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

    HOT TOPIC

    Im in a inter-racial marriage so I could totally relate to the story line<BR/>great read and lots of real life issues brought to light here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So I started reading the book and could not put it down. I stayed up until 5 am to finish it. I am a true EJD fan and I was not let down by this book. I would definitely recommend it. I now see all relationships differently. In the beginning, it took me a while to get into the book because it seemed a little predictable, but then came a few twist and I had to keep turning the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    AN INTERESTING READ!

    I was a little surprised with this book. The plot was more than I could handle. But as with the other EJD books I have read thus far, this book was another page turner. I could not put the book down. The love in this book is bold and at the time this book was written it was forbidden. Great read. I cant wait to read another EJD book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2007

    i loved it

    this book was off the effin chain. fareal fareal. ok ok i was apprehensive about readin this book at first but i couldn't put it down. i loved ejd's early books like sister sister lovers and friend cheaters and this one. i will deffinitly read this book a couple of more times!!!

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