Real Deal: Real Love Is More Than Skin Deep...Real Passion Isn't Black or White...

Real Deal: Real Love Is More Than Skin Deep...Real Passion Isn't Black or White...

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
     
 

One man was everything that she wanted. And he was black.

To Samone Lewis, the only problem with her lover Max was his fear of marriage. He was dark as tree bark after a heavy rain, handsome, hard-working...but would rather say good-bye than "I do." At thirty-plus, suddenly still single and a Harlem sista with attitude, Samone was on the rebound.

Another was

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Overview

One man was everything that she wanted. And he was black.

To Samone Lewis, the only problem with her lover Max was his fear of marriage. He was dark as tree bark after a heavy rain, handsome, hard-working...but would rather say good-bye than "I do." At thirty-plus, suddenly still single and a Harlem sista with attitude, Samone was on the rebound.

Another was everything she needed. But he was white.

Then Jon Everette, fresh from California, walked into Samone's office at a New York TV network. From day one, Jon was funny, caring and crazy about her, even though Samone still wanted Max, no ifs, ands or buts. Max understood blackness-the pride and anger, dreams and pain. Samone didn't date white boys. She sure didn't fall in love with them. If she did, she might have to fight the world, her family, and most of all, herself...

In the tradition of The Color of Love, the fresh, funny voice of Margaret Johnson-Hodge tells a completely contemporary story, rich with wisecracks and wisdom about interracial relationships and about the crisis every woman knows, falling in love...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For Johnson-Hodge, the "real deal" is real life: no fairy-tale endings and no getting rescued by the hero for a trip to Never-Never-Land, especially if the heroine is "a sista from Harlem" and the hero "a silly-ass white boy." The story of Samone Lewis, an African American personnel manager at a broadcasting company, and Jonathon Everette, a white TV producer from Malibu, Calif., is new territory in many ways. First of all, it's a grittier reality: Samone decides to have an abortion, something that's verboten in most romance novels ("I won't be a single parent with a boyfriend as the daddy. My momma raised me better"). She's a salty lady: she smokes, she masturbates, she likes sex and there's nothing coy about her. Samone has tried to make a go of it with Max, an African American bank executive, but Max doesn't want to commit. She fights her attraction to Jon; after all, she was a civil rights activist and her family doesn't hold with mixed-race relations. There are no pat answers here, only some messy real-life encounters, some fresh writing and an honest, recognizable heroine. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312964887
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Johnson-Hodge has always loved words and reading, and became serious about writing when she took a writer's workshop with Brenda Connor-Bey. She has been published in Long Journey Home, a poetry anthology, and lies in the Northeaster United States.

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