The Other Woman

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Eric Jerome Dickey strides boldly over the minefield that is modern marriage. The central couple's biggest challenge is timing: He works days; she works nights. Instead of growing together, they're rapidly drifting apart, coexisting on stolen phone calls from work, punctuated by occasional bedroom encounters that leave them both feeling even emptier and more alone. When she finds out about his affair-and starts her own-the delicate fabric of their marriage is torn irrevocably asunder. Or is it? In Dickey's expert...

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Overview

Eric Jerome Dickey strides boldly over the minefield that is modern marriage. The central couple's biggest challenge is timing: He works days; she works nights. Instead of growing together, they're rapidly drifting apart, coexisting on stolen phone calls from work, punctuated by occasional bedroom encounters that leave them both feeling even emptier and more alone. When she finds out about his affair-and starts her own-the delicate fabric of their marriage is torn irrevocably asunder. Or is it? In Dickey's expert hands, what begins as a seemingly unforgivable betrayal segues into the sexy and searing story of a man and a woman at a pivotal turning point in their relationship. Only time will tell whether they'll let it all go...or can hold on to the love that drew them together in the first place.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Plans for revenge spin out of control in this sharp-edged, sizzling novel by bestselling Dickey (Liar's Game; Between Lovers). The unnamed narrator has it all-a loving husband, a beautiful home and a lucrative career as a television producer in Los Angeles. Although she works long hours, she knows that she and her husband, Charles, a middle-school teacher, depend on her earnings to live the good life. Upon receiving strange messages at work from a mysterious man named David Lawrence, she assumes that he is a media-hungry stalker. But when David finally reaches her, he tells her that her husband has been having an affair with his wife, Jessica. The reporter in her takes over, and she immediately confronts Charles, who admits that he had an affair with Jessica, but says it is over. Confused, angry and in complete shock, she demands that Charles give her the intimate details of the affair; he refuses. "And I'm supposed to accept that?... My marriage is supposed to be my place of solace, not a place of fucking grief, and my husband is supposed to my friend, not my fucking enemy. Choose which one you wanna be." Unwilling to go on without answers to her many questions, she soon finds herself commiserating with David Lawrence. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, her world falls apart and she finds herself desperate for revenge. But will revenge heal her tattered soul or destroy her completely? Dickey offers plenty of straight-on sex and violence, but also probes questions of contemporary morals and the psychology of betrayal, writing compellingly and believably from his heroine's point of view. This will be another crowd pleaser. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Tracey Leigh's reading is on target in this gritty novel about the devastating consequences of marital infidelity. The unnamed narrator is a hard-working, Hollywood news producer who spends stressful nights at the station, helping to put together the usually depressing local news. She believes her husband, Charles, a middle-school teacher, spends his nights home alone grading papers until she gets a call from a distraught David Lawrence who claims his wife has run off with Charles. When our protagonist confronts Charles, he admits to the affair but says it is over and is reluctant to share the details the news producer in her craves. Her thirst for the truth sends her back to David, who has captured their cheating spouses' electronic correspondences thanks to a special software program. What she learns from those instant messages and email devastates her. Those expecting Dickey's trademark steamy erotica may be somewhat surprised here, as many of the graphic scenes are best described by the unnamed narrator, who says, "Sex without love is violence." Recommended for all adult fiction collections.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Love is hell. Wifey. The wife. She doesn’t even have a name in the passionate e-mails Charles, a teacher, exchanges with his lover Jessica, a PE instructor. But she’s a real, live, fire-breathing woman, quivering with righteous anger when she finds out about the affair. Jessica’s husband, David Lawrence, calls her at work (she’s a segment producer for a local TV news show) to tell her that he just gave Charles a black eye in the school parking lot but decided not to shoot him. Oh--so that’s the real explanation for the shiner Charles said he got from breaking up a schoolyard fight. Looks like her husband is a cheating dog. She didn’t see it coming, didn’t know it had been going on for eight long months. How could he? Why would he? She always had a hot meal ready at the end of the day, and she never turned him down in bed. Like her mother always said, a woman has to be a woman to her man or some other woman would be. Things spin out of control real fast, and it’s not long before she’s having revenge-sex on the down-low with David, a moody artist who admires her dreadlocks and delicate freckles. He prints out the e-mails and she confronts Charles, who can’t deny it now--and heads off to take out his frustrations on a punching bag in the garage. Is it because she earns more money than he does? Well, yes and no. Best friend Yvette, a free spirit sexually and otherwise, puts in her two cents: men have needs and ain’t nothin’ goin’ to change that. (Yvette is not above satisfying her own needs at group sex parties, described, for interested readers, in salacious if somewhat irrelevant detail.) The action heats up to a thunderously melodramatic end pretty quick, and lessons are taught--andlearned. Good and gritty storytelling from the best-selling Dickey (Thieves’ Paradise, 2002, etc.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451211934
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/29/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 5.28 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey
Eric Jerome Dickey is the author of seven novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Thieves' Paradise, Liar's Game, and Between Lovers, and the #1 Blackboard bestsellers Cheaters, Milk in My Coffee, Friends and Lovers, and Sister, Sister. He lives in Los Angeles.

Kimberly Bailey has directed eight plays including Feelings, which she co-created, co-authored, and co-produced. It earned her three NAACP Theater Award nominations. Her television credits include Beverly Hills 90210, The Steve Harvey Show and Living Single.

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 June 12, 2012

    A page turner!

    I couldn't put my nook down...couldn't wait to get to the next page. Hands down best book ejd really did his thing with this one!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    No he didn't

    The ultimate power woman, has the job, the great sex life, and the dotting husband¿.until she discovers the other woman.
    In The Other Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey takes you into the perfect household until a peek behind closed doors paints a vastly different portrait.
    This book has great sex scenes, suspense, and the bumpy ride that happens when you go beyond a couple bliss into threes a crowd lunacy.
    In the end do you stand by your man or break away for greener pastures? Read the book and find out.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Great Book!!

    I really enjoyed this book! This book had all the elements to a story that I like. Beautifully descriptive and dramatic writing! I couldn't put my Nook down. Hats off to Eric Jerome Dickey on a great read...I'll be sure to buy more of his books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Great Book

    I love any book by Eric Jerome Dickey! He is an awesome author! Love this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Good Read

    This is the second book I've read from this author. I like them both very much -- good read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Great!!!!!!!

    Great!!!! My fav book!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!

    This book has EVERYTHING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Amazing a must read!!!

    This book is so freakin good!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    J

    I read this in 8 hours. Really great read; my goodness! Worth every cent.

    JaKai

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Great read

    One of my favorites by EJD. Fell in love with all the characters, just plain old humans all flawed up. Loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Amazing book!

    A must read! I love this book. Couldnt put it down. Best book of his!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Umm...

    It's been a while since I've read one of EJD's books, but I guess this was was okay. The story was kind of predictable to me. If you're looking for a drama-filled book, this is it! I wish it ended differently, but I guess that would've been predictable as well...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Awesome Book

    Emotional,dramatic,erotic..........Very good book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Read it in 2 days

    This book is my favorite EJD book. So many twists, I was anxious to find out the ending. Great book from start to finish.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    Love and Hate

    This story hit so close to home and many times brought tears to my eyes. Love and hate are two things that can not and will not strive without each other. EJD did a wonderful job portraying these factors.This book jumped from high to low to high for me. In the end it was a very pure to betrayal read. I enjoyed it. The middle got really slow, I was wondering what would happen, when would somebody get to something but low and behold it came full fledged and drowned me in a pool of deception.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Interesting Read

    Although I didn't care for the drawn out illustrious descriptions of scenes throughout the book, overall I enjoyed the storyline. Surprisingly, the characters repeatedly stunned me with their actions. I was definitely captivated and could hardly set the book down for more than a day at best. I enjoyed this book by EJD.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    Great book!

    I read this awhile ago. Great book!

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    love the realness of this book!!!

    second book i read from this author and I love it! very intense

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    AWESOME!

    This was a great book! This was the first book I bought for my Nook. I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    One of my favorite books - couldn't put it down. Love the writing style. I highly recommend this one.

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