Margot Mifflin
January 26, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice

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April Sinclair

We gave it an A-

In Ain’t Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, the sequel to Coffee Will Make You Black, April Sinclair sends her black, Chicago-raised heroine, Stevie, to college in the ’70s and then to San Francisco, where she comes out, wavers about her sexuality, and finally allows herself to choose her lovers based on personality, not gender. Writing with breezy charm, Sinclair probes a host of social issues that plague those who lead alternative lifestyles, yet manages to pull off a lighthearted story filled with snappy dialogue (presuming Stevie’s Bay Area buddies’ New Age claptrap doesn’t make you gag). Torn between the traditional values she left in Chicago and the liberated life she enjoys in California, Stevie is a refreshing combination of wide-eyed and strong-minded. Sinclair’s affection for her feisty ingenue colors every page of this winning novel. A-

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