I Wish I Had a Red Dress

I Wish I Had a Red Dress

by Pearl Cleage
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Overview

I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage

Since Joyce Mitchell was widowed five years ago, she's kept herself occupied by running the Sewing Circus, an all-girl group she founded to provide badly needed services to young women at risk, many of whom are single mothers. But some nights, home alone, she has to admit that something is missing. And soon she may not even have the Sewing Circus to fill up her life, as the state legislature has decided not to fund the group.

Feeling defeated and pessimistic, Joyce reluctantly agrees to dinner at the home of her best friend, Sister, and finds not only a perfect meal but a tall, dark stranger named Nate Anderson. His unexpected presence touches a chord in Joyce that she thought her heart had forgotten how to play.

Suddenly, Joyce feels ready to grab a sexy red dress and the life that goes with it . . . if she can keep her girls safe from the forces—useless boyfriends and government agencies—alike against them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061834288
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Idlewild , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 337,012
File size: 830 KB

About the Author

Pearl Cleage is the author of Mad at Miles: A Black Woman's Guide to Truth and Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot. An accomplished Playwright, she teaches playwriting at Spelman College, is a cofounder of the literary magazine Catalyst and writes a column for the Atlanta Tribune. Ms. Cleage lives in Atlanta with her husband. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day...is her first novel.

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I Wish I Had a Red Dress 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
MACJK More than 1 year ago
This was a book club discussion book, I highly recommend this book and any others by this author
KimmyR More than 1 year ago
I really love her books. This was a great read... This was a great follow up book...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is absolutely brilliant!!! The idea of being a 'free woman,' self-love/acceptance, and looking within are necessary fundamentals that we can apply in all of our lives. The Sewing Circus reinforces the need for communication and support between Black women and it proves that we can exchange education, knowledge, and ideas amongst ourselves without tearing one another down. The novel also demonstrates unconditional love and how much you receive back when you give of yourself and help others. The narrative style is amazing and the dialogue simply sparkles. The novel is sprinkled with many breaktaking vignettes esp the story of the Smitherman twin and the day spent at the Glass Menagerie with the married man & the glass unicorns - there are so many stories within this one work!!! This book is so full of life, experience, love, sisterhood, and healing that the pages come alive!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a few hours it had me turning pages so fast to see what happened next. I think I stopped breathing a few time in between pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Pearl Cleage. This sequel to 'What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day' was such a delightful read! I hated to see it end and found myself going back reading certain sections again. I hope this sequel has a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's never too late to love. It's never to late to change. The story of these young ladies growth, dreams, and triumph gives me hope for his cold world. Although a work of fiction it embodies real situations. Young and older women can learn from this book.
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Superb
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as always
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book on a trip to Denver while travelling on the train. There were times when I was somewhat bored by the read but mostly was entertained by the ending of the book and the characters referenced. It seems like the book could have given a bit more but it doesn't offend the casual reader so I feel it is better than the average book out there now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was truly a work of art! I found my self crying at points in the book that weren't even sad, she just made me want to be a stronger woman... or a 'free woman' as she described in the book. This novel was so beautifully written and i enjoyed it from cover to cover, and still wanted more. What happens after everything quieted down??? I found myself really thinking about the questions that she asked the girls of 'the circus'The only thing that i did not understand about the story was that she said she had an adopted daughter that she never mentioned but once in the book. BUT OVERALL THIS IS A GREAT READ AND I ENCOURAGE ALL YOUNG LADIES LIKE MYSELF TO READ IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our book club loved this book. It's funny, dramatic, and full of wisdom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoughht this book was really thought provoking. It is the sequel to What looks like crazy on an ordinary day. Both books are very well written and capture you from the first page. I wish I had a red dress is written with such a powerful message it is a great addition to any home library. The main character is strong, kind and brave, she encourages the reader to take a good look at themselves and delve into serious issues between men and woman as well as woman to woman. A must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I read it for my book club (Between The Covers Book Club- Winston-Salem, NC) and I was a good read. At times it was kinda boring but for the most part I enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My book club choose this book to read and it was a great pick. The book was insightful, and witty. I loved the concepts and the characters. Pearl, I still want to know more about Joyce. Everyone deserves a 'Sister' in their life and the right to be a free woman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I simply adored this book and the authors style of writing it. I have never read work like this before..with such clever and thought out (it seemed) dialouge. The authors wit and charm hooked me from the very beginning of the novel and when I was done with it I really really missed the characters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The main character was so inspiring in what she was trying to accomplish with the Circus and how she influenced the lives of the young mothers. It made me want to go out and create something positive for young sisters and the brothers too. I enjoyed the characters of the two sisters, they reminded me of the Delaney Sisters. Truly a good read for young and old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book deserves more than 5 stars in my opinion. I found it to be very powerful, outstanding and truly touching. I was delighted that Pearl focused on Joyce Mitchell, the lady and older sister of Ava from her book, What looks like Crazy on an ordinary day...which I also read and truly enjoyed. Joyce is very refreshing and inspiring. The work she does with The Circus is outstanding. Through her we come to meet people like Tee(Tomika), Shelia, Sister and Bill, Nate, the Smitherman twins, Nikki and the Lattimore to name a few. The story isn't hard to follow with all the characters and it also offers some wonderful life lessons and moments that make you really think about your life and how we have an impact on the lives of others as well. I laughed, cried and rejoiced while reading this book and haven't stopped talking about it yet. I can't wait to share it my friends and family and get their feedback!! That's just how powerful it is and it has a little bit of everything for everybody. Pearl did a beauitful job once again and it was a sheer pleasure meeting and hosting her in Houston.(July 2001) This book is great for book clubs and is sure to be another bestseller for her. It should be another Oprah Book Club choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pearl has done it again. She brings to life Ava's sister from her previous novel to discuss her journey from grieving widow to dating and finding love again. She even tells about the other characters and their growth in the small town of Idlewild. Its a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you ever loved anyone completely, (whether it be a husband, sister, child, friend, or whatever) then this book is for you. It will remind you just how important it is to be surrounded by those who you love and those who love you in return..unconditionally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very well written with a cast of interesting characters, witty on-liners, and cleaver dialog. Cleage's writing style is truly enlightening and inspiring ¿ she focuses on ¿life issues¿ like self-love/acceptance, courage/inner strength, and self reliance ¿ delivering messages through the scenarios and characters in Idlewild. Although I would have liked her to have deeper defined the concept of the ¿free woman¿ and the shared more background of some of the supporting characters, like the Lattimores, Sister, and the twins¿but perhaps that¿s for another book. Overall, it was a great summer read with a happy ending. I enjoyed it and look forward to her next release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yaaay Pearl!!!