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Tina McElroy Ansa

Autor(a) de Ugly Ways

5+ Works 731 Membros 7 Críticas 2 Favorited

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Obras por Tina McElroy Ansa

Ugly Ways (1993) 227 exemplares
The Hand I Fan With (1996) 214 exemplares
Baby of the Family (1991) 189 exemplares
You Know Better (2000) 87 exemplares
Taking After Mudear (2008) 14 exemplares

Associated Works

Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers (1995) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Wild Women Don't Wear No Blues (1993) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor (1657) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing Up in America (2003) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
It's All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates, Family, and Friends (2009) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares


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The Hand I Fan with is a book I've read so many times I can recite passages from it.

Lena McPherson is a lady of prestige in her town of Mulberry, GA. Many readers who follow Ansa's work will remember Lena had a prequel in Baby Of The Family. This book though gives us full insight to her initial sadness - Lena was born of a spiritual birth with a caul over her face. Her people didn't believe in that, and burned the caul. Over her life Lena has had remarkable spiritual gifts, but such gifts have limited her from having meaningful relationships with people except for Sister, her best friend. Sister is prety much a high priestess and has been trying to help Lena get a handle on her gifts.

The book picks up steam with Sister goes on a spiritual trip for a couple of months. Before they go they do a ritual trying to conjure Lena up a man. Little do either of them know they summon Herman, Lena's 100 year old ghost of a guardian angel. Herman ain't your typical guardian angel. He's there to love Lena in any way shape or form she needs it, and he gets the job done. Slowly but surely her gifts start manifesting him as flesh and bone, especially as their love thing intensifies. This at least gives her clarity and closure on the deaths of her entire immediate family, and a deeper understanding of the state of affairs in her life, especially pertaining to Herman. But all good things come to an end. In the case of Herman and Lena, the end is just the beginning.

Read it. Starts out "slow" if you haven't read Baby Of The Family, but if you're reading a one off of it and make it to the chapter entitled "Love" the pages will turn and it will be over before you know it.
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Articul8Madness | 1 outra crítica | Nov 6, 2023 |
Die 3 farbigen Schwestern Betty, Emily und Annie Ruth treffen sich nach dem Tod ihrer Mutter in ihrem Elternhaus.
Fredo68 | 1 outra crítica | May 18, 2020 |
Having read "The Hand I Fan With," I was certain this book would be just as wonderful.

Unfortunately, I was wrong. For whatever reason, it came across as preachy, tedious and cardboard, three things I wouldn't have even expected the author capable of. The three women (and the ghosts who guide them) somehow don't ever really seem like anything other than character templates, rather than fully-formed women (a strength of Ansa's is her previous books).

It just felt rushed.
Shutzie27 | 1 outra crítica | Jun 30, 2012 |
Fans of Tina McElroy Ansa have waited many years for the next installment in the story of Mulberry's Lovejoy sisters following the death of their overbearing, but memorable, mother.

You may wonder what would propel continued interest in the lives of these characters? After all, Mudear (the mother, Esther Lovejoy) died in the first novel (“Ugly Ways,”initially published in 1993). To answer that question, you would need to have discussed and identified with one (or more) of the Lovejoy daughters, or recognized and empathized with the survival techniques each young girl used to overcome their childhood traumas. A heated discussion of these topics drove book club discussions ‘back in the day’ and authors like Ansa propelled the heyday of African American publishing and general acceptance of other authors works whose characters reflected the African American experience.

In my literary circles, interest in these characters has never waned, though publishers seem to believe otherwise. So, we have been forced to wait far too long to see whether the family survived. It was well worth the wait.

Ansa seems to know these characters so well the story picks up right where the last one left off. She continues to reveal her talent for writing in the voice of each character, devoting each of them separate chapters and she delves into their personalities in depth in each one. There is a reason Mudear returns to influence their lives, and reading this new book will make you understand her need to be involved and the family’s need to ultimately separate themselves from her influence. Supernatural and superstitions play a large part in the story, so keep an open mind to the fantastical events and motivations that drive the story.

I bought my copy (only available as a first edition paperback) directly from the author to support her effort to self-publish (via DownSouth Press). The writing was wonderful, but there seemed to be some problem with the typeset which had large gaps between some letters and words that interrupted the flow when reading it. This seemed to occur only early in the book, so about midway through the book, the story easily becomes your primary focus.

I still love the Lovejoys and will continue to speculate on their lives. Don’t miss the opportunity to read the next installment. There are no gaps in the story and you will smile as you turn the final page of this latest installment.
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greytone | Jan 2, 2010 |



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