EW Staff
May 09, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Genevieve

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Eric Jerome Dickey
publisher
E.P. Dutton
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Writing steamy lines like ”My tongue tastes like her secrets,” Eric Jerome Dickey has earned his place as a king of African-American fiction for women in Genevieve. Though his unnamed narrator is introduced in the middle of an affair, he still ends up being sympathetic in comparison to the novel’s two female characters: the betrayed, repressed Genevieve (who shoulders much of the blame for her hubby’s infidelity) and mercurial Kenya, the mistress who calls Genevieve ”Sister.” The trio is brought together for a funeral deep in the heart of Alabama, where dark secrets and familial bonds intertwine for some downright Shakespearean melodrama and a wonderfully poignant ending.

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