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I left my back door open : a novel
Sinclair, April.
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First edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [1999]

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290 pages ; 25 cm
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X Adult Fiction Urban Fiction

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From the bestselling author of "Coffee Will Make You Black" comes this sparkling new novel of self-knowledge starring Chicago DJ Daphne Dupree. At first Daphne fears her romance with Skylar, a handsome mediator, might never get to the next step, but as their relationship progresses, she finds that her yearning for someone to love ends with a discovery of herself.

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Booklist Review

Sinclair has a new heroine, Daphne "Dee-Dee" Dupree, a Chicago blues and jazz radio personality. Dee-Dee is single and living an upwardly mobile existence on the North Side. She is growing, changing, and aspiring to become a more complete woman by tackling gender issues of weight control and incest survival. As an African American professional woman in the '90s, she is constantly confronted with gender, race, and economic issues. Her friends add to her happiness and frustrations. There's 40-year-old Sharon, mother of a 15-year-old girl, who decides she's gay; Jade, an Asian belly dancer and fellow disk jockey; and Phil and Sarita, a couple struggling to raise a son and maintain their marriage. Leaving the back door open is how Dee-Dee approaches life and relationships; she always manages to keep her options open and leaves space for discussion, debate, and change. An entertaining account of an African American woman's search for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness while learning to self-accept, self-love, and self-improve. --Lillian Lewis

Publisher's Weekly Review

"I am not young, or thin, or white, or beautiful,'' says the narrator of Sinclair's worldly-wise and entertaining new novel. Gun-shy after several catastrophic relationships, Chicago deejay Daphne (Dee Dee) Dupree is an outwardly successful African-American woman aching for self-realization. Sassy from the safety of her broadcasting booth, the heavy-set 41-year-old jauntily offers her weight as the cause of a recent breakup ("The brotha didn't 'preciate my meat"). In reality, Dee Dee struggles with the shame of being fat and bulimic. She yearns for mature love and the self-confidence she's sure will accompany finding the right man. Meanwhile, relationships she's relied on as stable fall into flux: the 20-year marriage of her high school friends Sarita and Phil is falling apart; her best friend, Sharon, has come bursting out of the closet, an enthusiastic lesbian at 40; Jade, her belly-dancing instructor and fellow deejay, is on the cusp of ending an unhappy marriage. Dee Dee's only constant is her cat, Langston. The mixed blessing of a sexual harassment suit at work brings union mediator Skylar into her life. Attraction notwithstanding, their romance is tentative and obstructed; his (white) ex-wife is trying to reconcile with him and his eight-year-old daughter relentlessly blocks her father's new interest. In the course of sorting all this out, Dee Dee takes stock and faces some long repressed childhood memories. Refreshingly upbeat and robustly spiritual, the novel steers clear of sentimental inspirational writing by means of its frank and funny dialogue, and follows Sinclair's (Coffee Will Make You Black; Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice) earlier successes admirably. Paperback rights to Avon; author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved