Babylon Sisters

Babylon Sisters

by Pearl Cleage
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Babylon Sisters by Pearl Cleage

Catherine Sanderson seems to have it all: a fulfilling career helping immigrant women find jobs, a lovely home, and a beautiful, intelligent daughter on her way to Smith College. What Catherine doesn’t have: a father for her child– and she’s spent many years dodging her daughter’s questions about it. Now Phoebe is old enough to start poking around on her own. It doesn’t help matters that the mystery man, B.J. Johnson–the only man Catherine has ever loved–doesn’t even know about Phoebe. He’s been living in Africa.

Now B.J., a renowned newspaper correspondent, is back in town and needs Catherine’s help cracking a story about a female slavery ring operating right on the streets of Atlanta. Catherine is eager to help B.J., despite her heart’s uncertainty over meeting him again after so long, and confessing the truth to him–and their daughter.

Meanwhile, Catherine’s hands are more than full since she’s taken on a new client. Atlanta’s legendary Miss Mandeville–a housekeeper turned tycoon–is eager to have Catherine staff her housekeeping business. But why are the steely Miss Mandeville and her all-too-slick sidekick Sam so interested in Catherine’s connection to B.J.? What transpires is an explosive story that takes her world–not to mention the entire city of Atlanta–by storm.

From the New York Times bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day . . . comes another fast-paced and emotionally resonant novel, by turns warm and funny, serious and raw. Pearl Cleage’s ability to create a gripping story centered on strong, spirited black women and the important issues they face remains unrivaled.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345456106
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 485,314
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

PEARL CLEAGE is the author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day. . . , which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do, as well as two works of nonfiction: Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth and Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot. She is also an accomplished dramatist. Her plays include Flyin’ West and Blues for an Alabama Sky. Cleage lives in Atlanta with her husband.

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4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book that brings to light many issues, both seen and unseen, that go on in the world around us.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read but the ending was disappointing. Like Cleage's writing style, she makes you feel like you live in Atlanta.
Nriched More than 1 year ago
I just recently finished reading this book and couldn't believe I had slept on it, or this author all these years. I loved her writing. I felt as if she were my best girlfriend telling me a story on her couch. I could see and feel the settings, the characters, and the roller coaster ride of emotions. Having lived there for several years, I could relate to the references to life in the West End of Atlanta. I was so drawn into the story, I read this book over a weekend, in between all the stuff of family life and other responsibilities. It was worth those late nights! And after finishing it, I kept thinking about it during the week, so now I'm back to buy her other novels. This is a book that inspires self-reflection, gives some gifts, and offers a worthwhile escape from the demands of the world outside of fiction. Can't wait to get her other books. If her best-seller is better than Babylon Sisters, I must be in store for a real treat. Keep doing your thing, Ms. Pearl.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
pearl cleage is fabulous and fantastic in portraying the intricacies of the blacks. she carves her characters.she is simply superb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, the author takes you through not only various relationships, but political affairs and the effect we have on each other when we do not care and it is all about the money. I could relate to the various relationships she developed and the emotions expressed. This book not only made me aware of the importance in our everyday affairs, but the importance of history and keeping it alive. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you Pearl Cleage for allowing me to celebrate my womanhood and the men who recognize and respect US. The line 'Respect the Narrative of Women's Lives!' speaks volumes to those of us who cherish our womanhood, our specialness, our place in this world as the protagonist and her circle of friends in 'Babylon Sisters' do. You and Catherine challenge those who want to destroy all that is vital to us and our daughters to do the right thing for ourselves and our daughters. I believe that my daughter is finally ready for your books so I am going to give her all of them and have her read them in order. Continue to encourage us to challenge all that is wrong with our world through your narratives about proud women who do the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed Pearl's latest novel. Many women of today can readily relate to this story line. My book club members all enjoyed it and some had found themselves in similar situations regarding past relationships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pearl has written an interesting novel again. This author gets better with each of her books. This one was indeed interesting and all I can say is 'KEEP ON KEEPING ON'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Mrs.Cleage from the moment i have read her first book. I have read everything Mrs.Cleage has written and highly recommend reading all of her novels, she is one of the most inspirational authors, i always look forward to seeing what she comes out with next... Keep up the good work..we love you
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing this novel does is hold your attention from start to finish. Ms Cleague's writing style has definitely improved, because each of her books get better as she moves along. Babylon Sisters was enjoyable. I am sure quite a few females will be able to relate to this storyline, when it comes to past relationships that did not survive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pearl Cleage is among the top writers of today. She writes about people with issues that we can identify with. Keep it up, Pearl! I eagerly await your next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catherine is an unwed mother whose 17-year-old daughter wants to know who her father is, darn it. And if Catherine won't volunteer the info, then Phoebe will take matters into her own adolescent hands, thankyouverymuch! If my daughter pulled a stunt like what comes next in the book, I would haul her little behind home (from her exclusive boarding school, where she does whatever she pleases) and give her a good, old-fashioned whooping. The push-over mom is an annoying character, both in real life and in fiction. Grow a backbone. I don't know why this book got so many rave reviews. The first 3/4 of the book is unremarkable writing¿nothing that a high-schooler couldn't have written. The last part was the best, with a nice twist or two, but nothing earth-shatteringly brilliant or anything that I will remember 2 months from now. The author has her own agenda to push, and by the end of the book, I was irritated and sick of the whole Sisterhood theme that she kept harping on, like a broken record. She was remarkably like a dog worrying a bone: she just would not let you be a smart reader she had to keep repeating herself, just in case you were too stupid to get it the first 3 times she said something. She obviously has no confidence in the intelligence of her readers. Also in this book: a woman who rose from maid to successful businesswoman, the plight of an illegal immigrant from Haiti, and an investigation about a prostitution ring. By the way, I have not found a new favorite author.