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Satin doll : a novel
Miller, Karen E. Quinones.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2001]

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318 pages ; 21 cm
Regina Harris worked her way out of Harlem, but her three best friends still struggle with their lives there. Regina falls in love with Charles Whitfield, the scion of an upper-class Philadelphia family. He loves her, but not her Harlem friends. She loves him, but fears she will never live up to his family's expectations.

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"Bang!" Being shot in the middle of the night and left for dead is what it took to open her eyes. Until that fateful moment, Regina Harris lived "la vida loca" with pimps and hustlers, a gangster lifestyle that supplied the money she needed to get high and forget the poverty of Harlem. Now she has turned her life around, is a college graduate and freelance journalist, and makes enough money to live on the Upper West Side and hob- nob with the city's movers and shakers. She's become the classy Satin Doll of the Duke Ellington song. But she can't forget where she came from: her three best friends are from the old neighborhood.

The Harlem homegirls. Regina tries to give emotional support to each of her friends as they deal with their own personal issues: Yvonne is a single mother looking for the right man. Tamika must raise two children alone while their father does time in jail for robbery. Puddin' lives her life by picking up men and smoking weed.

Living in two worlds; comfortable in neither. On a night out partying with her homegirls in Harlem, Regina meets aspiring lawyer Charles Whitfield, son of a pro-minent, upper-class b

Author Notes

Karen E. Quinones Miller is a former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Philadelphia with her daughter, Camille.

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Booklist Review

Miller is to be commended for revising her self-published paperback for hardcover distribution. It is a marvelous tale about not letting the past define one's future. Growing up in Harlem, Regina Harris has had her share of hard luck. After her parents died, she had to grow up quickly and become the caretaker of her drug-addicted sister and infant niece. She quit school and drifted deeper into the world of crime and drug experimentation. When she becomes the victim of a shooting, her life is changed forever. Regina goes back to school and eventually begins a career as a freelance writer. She has another life-changing event when she meets a Columbia University graduate student, Charles Whitfield. Her relationship with the aspiring attorney becomes comfortable enough to finally share with him the hurdles that she has overcome. His political aspirations cause the couple to deal with the class differences between them and acknowledge her past while struggling to build a future together. Lillian Lewis

Publisher's Weekly Review

A major house has picked up another self-published novel, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Karen E. Quinones Miller's Satin Doll, after it hit the BlackBoard African-American bestseller list. The writing here is better and the plot more successfully imagined than most other offerings in this genre. After years of living on the edge in Harlem, Regina Harris is shot and violently beaten. She decides to change her life, attending college, getting work as a writer and finding love with Charles Whitfield, a well-bred, aspiring politician. But Regina's past, Charles's present and the class differences between the two threaten both their relationship and Charles's career. () (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved