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Ain't nobody's business if I do
Wesley, Valerie Wilson.
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First edition.
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New York : Avon Books, 1999.
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323 pages ; 25 cm
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Anybody lucky enough to have experienced the artistry of Valerie Wilson Wesley already knows that her ability to blend wry humor with stark reality is unsurpassed. And now she plies her talents in a new direction in an insightful, poignant story of family ties unraveling and lost loves regained.

Eva is alone with an empty heart in a big, empty house. Hutch fears he is falling in love with the neglected wife of his wealthy, philandering best friend. Charley, Eva's law school-bound daughter, forgets her plans for school to become a stand-up comedian. Steven, Hutch's son, harbors a secret that will rock his father's world. And into the mix strolls Isaiah Lonesome, Charley's ex-boyfriend, a handsome hunk of a twenty-eight-year-old jazz musician who will teach Eva to play some lusty new riffs on love's oldest song. And in the end, everyone learns that when it comes to living life to the fullest, and in the quest for true love, it ain't nobody's business how one goes about it.

Valerie Wilson Wesley's Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do is a delightful story of an African-American family in transition that is, at once, touching, sad, and funny, and that celebrates love, personal freedom, and the pursuit of happiness with charm, humor, and wisdom.

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Booklist Review

Wesley strays from her familiar mystery writings to give us a heartwarming tale of a family struggling to balance personal choices with family responsibilities. The emotions of love, rage, romance, and lust in the family and among friends may promote reader empathy for the real life struggles the characters encounter. The four central characters are Eva, Hutch, Charley, and Steven. Eva, Hutch's wife and Charley's mother, is forced to deal with Hutch leaving her because their relationship brings him no joy. She finds strength to move on and grow from those strong black women before her and from her new love interest. Hutch is the owner of a construction business that his father passed on to him. His relationship with his father has sourly affected the interaction with his son, Steven. Charley, an up-and-coming comic, is determined to secure her place in the world. The novel's compelling turning points help each of the characters discover that those who love you will most assuredly be affected by any business that you do! --Lillian Lewis

Library Journal Review

Wesley is best known for her Tamara Hayle mystery series. As in those novels, she makes her characters' world become the reader's. Here, she explores family, divorce, and relationships from the perspective of a 40-year-old African American woman. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.