The Hand I Fan With
By Tina Mcelroy Ansa
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385476010, 496pp.)
Publication Date: December 29, 1997
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Bestselling author Tina McElroy Ansa is back with another tale from Mulberry, Georgia, the richly drawn fictional town and home of the extraordinary Lena McPherson. Lena, now forty-five and tired of being "the hand everyone fans with," has grown weary of shouldering the town's problems and wants to find a little love and companionship for herself. So she and a friend perform a supernatural ritual to conjure up a man for Lena. She gets one all right: a ghost named Herman who, though dead for one hundred years, is full of life and all man. His love changes Lena's life forever, satisfying as never before both her physical and spiritual needs. Filled with the same "humor, grace, and great respect for power of the particular" (The New York Times Book Review) as her previous critically acclaimed novels, Baby of the Family and Ugly Ways, The Hand I Fan With is yet another memorable and life-affirming tale from one of America's best-loved authors.
Tina McElroy Ansa's first novel, Baby of the Family, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times in 1989. Her second novel, Ugly Ways, was published in 1993. She lives with her husband, JonÚe, a filmmaker, on St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia.
"Deliciously wise and wonderfully erotic."
--Dallas Morning News
"Superbly crafted...a tour de force."
--Los Angeles Times
"An absolutely delicious love story."
--Washington Post Book World
"Generous-hearted, funny, and engaging."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Her most richly imagined novel to date."