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Urban Romance
     

Urban Romance

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by Nelson George
 

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Hip music critic Dwayne Robinson has two main gigs: defending rap's rightful place in the music industry and scoring as many women as possible. But this smooth-talking b-boy has yet to try working love into his lingo—until "buppie" Danielle Embry slides into and rocks his world.

A Connecticut suburbanite, Danielle is as far removed from

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Hip music critic Dwayne Robinson has two main gigs: defending rap's rightful place in the music industry and scoring as many women as possible. But this smooth-talking b-boy has yet to try working love into his lingo—until "buppie" Danielle Embry slides into and rocks his world.

A Connecticut suburbanite, Danielle is as far removed from Dwayne's Brooklyn ghetto upbringing as it gets. Yet despite this clash, these unlikely lovers are drawn together. While struggling to grind out a harmonious tune amid the grit and glamour of New York City, they soon find themselves confronted with issues that cut deeper than either of them bargained for. . . .

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Timely and powerful."
—SPIKE LEE

"Fiercely lyrical . . . The Big Chill—buppie style!"
—ANITA BAKER

"An insightful glimpse into a world where race is the theme and class is the tricky variation. . . . Nelson George . . . writes with a vitality and an emotional honesty that are appealing."
—The Boston Globe

"Urban Romance is a sojourn with deeply imagined characters whose dreams live in our hearts."
—ANGELA BASSETT

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
George's debut novel is about the relationship between a young music critic from working-class Brooklyn and an Ivy League graduate at Columbia. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345472731
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Nelson George is the author of eight books, including Elevating the Game, The Death of Rhythm and Blues, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Where Did Our Love Go?, Seduced, and most recently, the highly praised Buppies, B-Boys, Baps & Bohos. A graduate of St. John's University, he was Billboard's black music editor for seven years before becoming a regular columnist for The Village Voice in 1989. He is a coauthor of the screenplays for the films Strictly Business and CB4 and a Grammy Award winner for James Brown's album Startime. George was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

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Urban Romance 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT WAS OK. I ENJOYED THE HISTORY LESSON. I WAS GROWING UP IN THE 80'S. SO IT WAS NICE TO BE REMINDED OF ALL THE THINGS THAT MADE THE DACADE SO BITTER SWEET. I KINDA GOT BOARD WITH ALL THE LONG WINDED TAKE ABOUT THE MUSIC BIZ.... YES, I KNOW THAT THE BOOK WAS BASED ON THE MUSIC TOO. NOT JUST THE TWO LOVERS. BUT THAT'S HOW I FEEL. I DID'T AGREE WITH SOME OF THE CHOICES THE PEOPLE MADE IN THIS BOOK. BUT I DID UNDERSTAND THE REASONS WHY. ALL IN ALL IT WAS OKAY. I'VE READ BETTER.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If a book can grab me within the first 50 pages, then I'm hooked. With URBAN ROMANCE, it took a little longer to get the story going, but because I paid for the book, I decided to keep going. It definitely got better, but it would have been better to not spend so much time on slow introductions of the major players. Sometimes, that can wear the story down quicker than a three course meal. Still, a good book.