Got To Be Real

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New York Times bestselling authors E. Lynn Harris and Eric Jerome Dickey, and Blackboard bestsellers Colin Channer and Marcus Major deliver four original contemporary tales of looking for love, and navigating the complicated landscape of modern relationships. From a heat-soaked village in Mexico to the heart-pounding pace of New York City, these are stories of finding new love, holding on to old love, and figuring out what really matters. Filled with all the humor, insight, and sexy storytelling that readers have come to expect from these stellar writers, this new anthology promises to delight their devoted fans and new readers alike.

Title: Got To Be Real

Author Name: E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey, Colin Channer, Marcus Major

Categories: African American Interest, Anthology,

Publisher: 2000

ISBN Number: 0451202236

ISBN Number 13: 9780451202239

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 000223

Description: From Publishers Weekly
In recent years, African-American women have occupied center stage in romantic fiction, but their supremacy is being hotly contested by a growing number of black male authors who seek to address the issues of love and lust from the other side of the sexual divide. Four of the most popular of this group bring their fictional firepower to a quartet of tales of the heart that often surprises and shocks, but occasionally sags under the weight of workmanlike prose and aimless plotting. Major's story "Kenya and Amir" is an entertaining urban fable of an artful Lothario who finds the perfect love and almost loses it when he can't resist his own macho image. Harris's worthy tale, "Money Can't Buy Me Love," shows how love can restore even the most damaged heart when Jimmy, a gay doctor frustrated after a six-month drought of sex, receives a Valentine's Day gift from a pal. The story of healing and renewal showcases Harris's ability to move beyond sexual stereotyping to find the humanity in all of his characters. Channer's "I'm Still Waiting" is a complex riff on the contemporary music scene set against a lush Jamaican backdrop. Unfortunately, it spends as much time discussing pop musical trends as it does exploring its main characters. Possibly the weakest of the stories is Dickey's "Caf? Piel." Bobby Davis, a struggling photographer, travels to Cabo San Lucas to collect a debt from John, a con man on the run. John talks him into doing one last job, shooting photos in Mexico for a tourist brochure, in order to collect his cash. Dickey tries to pump life into this familiar plot with Alejandria, a Mexican beauty who works for John. She and Bobby fall in love and together plot John's comeuppance. Their romance starts fast and furious but fizzles in the end, and lackluster execution never allows the story to soar. A groundbreaking effort in many respects, this memorable book provides a look at some of the biggest male names on the African-American literary scene trying their hand at short fiction in a collection that sometimes misfires but more often succeeds on a grand scale.