Nappily Ever After
By Trisha R. Thomas
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780609808986, 320pp.)
Publication Date: December 26, 2001
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Venus Johnston has a great job, a beautiful home, and a loving live-in boyfriend named Clint, who happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous doctor. She also has a weekly beauty-parlor date with Tina, who keeps her long, processed hair slick and straight. Ever since childhood, the tedious hours in the salon and harsh, burning chemicals have grated on Venus, and increasingly, she dreams of cutting off her beautiful “good” hair. When her boyfriend keeps balking at commitment, and the thought of another hour at the salon is just too much, Venus decides to give it up—all of it. She trades in the long hair for a dramatically short, natural cut, and sends Clint packing. It’s a bold declaration of independence, and one that has effects she never could have imagined. With wit, resilience, and a lot of determination, Venus finally learns what true happiness is...on her own terms. It’s a delicious story told with savvy and humor—a novel that marks the debut of a fresh new voice in fiction.
TRISHA R. THOMAS lives in the Northwest with her husband and children. Nappily Ever After, her first novel, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the 2001 Golden Pen Awards for Best New Author and Best Mainstream Fiction. Her second novel, Roadrunner, arrives in May 2002.
“A smashing debut...lively and engaging.”
“Nappily Ever After is the vibrant tale of a young woman’s journey to independence. It’s an exquisitely passionate novel from an immensely gifted new author.”
—Pamela Walker-Williams, the Page-Turner Network
“Trisha Thomas’s first novel places her in a league with Terry McMillan and Bebe Moore Campbell.”
“With snappy dialogue and characters readers will recognize from their own lives, Nappily Ever After is unapologetically all-natural—a fun, thought-provoking read.”
—Tananarive Due, author of The Black Rose