Baby Brother's blues : a novel / Pearl Cleage.
Booklist Reviews 2006 March #2
Wesley "Baby Brother" Jamerson always ends up in unfortunate situations. His false bravado and lack of skills have led him to join the marines. When he returns to Washington, D.C., on a five-day pass to bury his mother, he sets in motion a chain of events that ultimately destroys him. He goes AWOL, refusing to return to fight in Iraq, and meets Zora. Baby Brother follows her to Atlanta only to learn that she cannot help him professionally because he went AWOL. Yet, she feels obligated and contacts the owner of the building she lives in, Blue Hamilton. Before Blue will help Baby Brother, he must agree to follow Blue's rules. Kwame Hargrove is the son of local politician, Precious Hargrove. He is a talented architect with a secret that makes it easy for Baby Brother to blackmail him. When Baby Brother's double-dealings come back to haunt him, everybody has to pay penance, and the reader is engrossed to the end. ((Reviewed March 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2005 December #1
R&B singer Blue Hamilton has abandoned a skyrocketing career to serve as a community leader in Atlanta. Peace reigns in his neighborhood until battered women in need of protection start appearing-and just as promptly disappear. Is Blue responsible? With a six-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
LJ Reviews 2006 February #2
Cleage (Babylon Sisters ) continues chronicling the lives of the diverse community of Atlanta's West End inhabited by Regina and Blue Hamilton from Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do . As unofficial community leader, Blue takes a vigilante approach toward enforcing peace and safety that creates difficulties in his personal life. Blue's wife, Gina, has doubts about Blue's choice of career and is in continual fear for his safety, especially when Blue and General Richardson, his right-hand man, step in to resolve local problems of domestic violence. The catalyst for the ruination of several West End lives comes in the form of "Baby Brother" Jamerson, small-time thug and army deserter. Various political, social, and economic concerns arise as Cleage juggles story lines that creatively culminate in an eventful conclusion. Cleage is a popular African American and Oprah Book Club author; her latest is recommended for popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/05.]--Joy St. John, Henderson Dist. P.L., NV[Page 106]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.