Friday, January 11, 2013

Big Girls Do Cry by Carl Weber

After four days of reading about murder and destruction, it’s about time to spice up your weekend with a steamy romance! Are you ready for some serious drama? Egypt and her sister Isis, from Something on the Side, have moved from New York to Richmond, Virginia and started a new chapter of the Big Girls Book Club for plus-sized women. Egypt and her husband, Rashad, have it made in the shade in their suburban mansion. Isis comes to live with them while she pulls her life together, which seems like a reasonable plan except for the fact that she was Rashad’s lover for ten years before he married Egypt. But, hey, that’s all ancient history, right? And, as if that isn’t enough, Egypt and Rashad hatch a plan for Isis to become a surrogate mother for them. As the saying goes, it seems like a good idea at the time. Join Egypt and Isis in their emotional, erotic, and often bawdy journey as they explore their relationships with their men and with each other.

I actually came across Big Girls Do Cry accidently, and was intrigued when I realized that it’s set in my hometown of Richmond and involves a book club. I couldn’t resist giving it a try, and was I in for a treat! The characters are really fun, and Virginia author Carl Weber, a “man who loves a woman with some meat on her bones,” has the Richmond scene down pat. For more African American romance, try books by Rochelle Alers or Gwynne Forster. By the way, as it turns out, Richmond is a hotbed of fictional urban activity! Who knew? The Hustler’s Wife series by Nikki Turner takes place there, too.

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