Better Than I Know Myself (Paperback)

By Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant

St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312341367, 384pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2005

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The beloved #1 Essence bestselling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

Jewel is Hollywood royalty: as the teenage star of the TV show "Daddy's Girl," her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things-to get a serious education, and to leave her controlling stage mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers" and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina's rebellious side will take her (or how treacherous it will become). Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life-if she can hold down two jobs and keep her GPA up.

When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won't survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.

About the Author

Virginia DeBerry is a bestselling, award-winning author. With her co-writer Donna Grant, she is the author of Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made, which won the Merit Award for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, as well as the 1998 Book of the Year Award from the Blackboard Bestseller List. They are also the authors of Far From the Tree and Better Than I Know Myself, both Essence bestsellers. A graduate of SUNY at Buffalo, Virginia worked for 10 years as a high school English teacher in Buffalo, before moving to New York to start a successful career as a plus size model. She met Donna while they were both working as models, and what should have been a rivalry ended up as a decades-long friendship. Virginia lives in New Jersey.

Donna Grant is a bestselling, award-winning author. She met Virgina DeBerry while they were both working as models, and what should have been a rivalry ended up as a decades-long friendship. Donna lives in Brooklyn, NY.