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Fire and Brimstone, Revised 2nd Edition (edició 2002)
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Fire & Brimstone: A Novel de Laurinda D. Brown
Chris Desmereaux--college graduate, churchgoer, and single mother--is struggling with poverty, coming to terms with her sexuality, and finding love--though she is unaware that her life will change, for better or worse, the day Gayle Evans finds her personal ad in the paper and answers it. Gayle Evans, toe-tapping, knee-slapping, make-you-wanna-holla Minister of Music with a divine gift from God. "Praise the Lord" is her mantra. Macking women is her game. Destroying every life she touches, Gayle brings more misery than harmony. She has a lesson or two to learn after she uses her "relationship with God" to break up a seemingly happy home. Alternately set in Washington, D.C. and Memphis, Tennessee, Fire & Brimstone is an "in your face" tale that explores lesbianism and black motherhood as both separate and integrated issues impacting the main character's role as a single parent, while opening dialogue on same-sex domestic violence, religious beliefs, bisexuality, negligent fathers, economics, and intra-racial caste systems among African Americans. Depending on one's beliefs and opinions, Fire & Brimstone leaves no room for "in-between" emotions, leading the reader to ultimately draw his or her own conclusion as to what the ending actually means: Is homosexuality a sin, or does God love us as we are? The author reminds us that gay women are everywhere, even in the African American church--a place where no one expects to find them. Fire & Brimstone does an excellent job of testing the boundaries of 21st century morality.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
LCC (Clas. Bibl. Congrés EUA)
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