Amistad, Hardcover, 9780061957840, 352pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2010
32 Candles is the slightly twisted, utterly romantic, and deftly wry story of Davie Jones, who, if she doesnt stand in her own way, just might get the man of her dreams.
Daviean ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippiis positive her life couldnt be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, shes pretty sure shes ugly. Just when shes resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her lifeSixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesnt imitate art. Tormented endlessly in school with the nickname "Monkey Night," and hopelessly in unrequited love with a handsome football player, James Farrell, Davie finds that it is bittersweet to dream of Molly Ringwald endings. When a cruel school prank goes too far, Davie leaves the life she knows and reinvents herself in the glittery world of Hollywoodas a beautiful and successful lounge singer in a swanky nightclub.
Davie is finally a million miles from where she starteduntil she bumps into her former obsession, James Farrell. To Davies astonishment, James doesnt recognize her, and she cant bring herself to end the fantasy. She lets him fall as deeply in love with her as she once was with him. But is life ever that simple? Just as theyre about to ride off into the sunset, the past comes back with a vengeance, threatening to crush Davies dreamsand break her heart again.
With wholly original characters and a cinematic storyline, 32 Candles introduces Ernessa T. Carter, a new voice in fiction with smarts, attitude, and sassiness to spare.
“This summer’s juiciest beach read. . . . Carter winds up this disarmingly moving tale with not one but many surprises, in which both Davie and you will win.”
“32 cheers for Ernessa T. Carter! She’s created one of the freshest, funniest characters I’ve ever read about. . . . 32 Candles is a charmer.”
-Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint and Honey
“I super heart Davie Jones. . . . She’s perfectly imperfect, and you won’t want her lively, hysterical, what-looks-like-crazy-on-an-ordinary-day story to end. A thoroughly, totally, ridiculously addictive read!”
-Denene Millner, coauthor of The Vow
“[A] captivating debut. . . . With all the charm of a clever romantic comedy and peopled by appealing, memorable characters, Carter’s first novel is a winner on all fronts.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“First there was Stella and she got her groove back, then there was Bridget Jones and she managed to find love despite her own lovable neuroses. Now there is Davie Jones. 32 Candles, at last, is the answer to the question ‘What should I read next?’”
-Erica Kennedy, author of Feminista and Bling
“[Davie’s] need for sweet revenge adds a welcome dark edge.”
“A debut tragicomic romance. . . . Potent and well rendered.”
“First-time novelist Ernessa T. Carter has created a quirky and likable character in Davidia ‘Davie’ Jones.”
“This is an easy 5 out of 5 stars and one of my top five favorite fiction novels I’ve ever read in my entire adulthood.”
-Associated Content Review
“Ernessa T. Carter is a fresh new voice. In Davie Jones, she has created a wicked yet empathetic character. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”
-Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale and Getting to Happy
“The author creates a heroine that is multifaceted, quirky, humorous and above all, endearing. . . . 32 Candles [is] a laugh-out-loud read. . . . Hang on for the ride.”
-The Afro-American Newspapers (DC/Baltimore)