Tonya Mimms, an up-and-coming young sculptor, meets Malcolm, the man of her dreams, after a series of bedding and discarding other young men to avoid her attraction to women that she discovered in high school. Tonya and Malcolm begin a sexual relationship.
Then, blink! Tonya’s head is turned just like that by a beautiful, sensual woman with some of the same attributes as Malcolm. Malcolm and Satin’s voices, scents, and complexions assault Tonya upon meeting them. Each potential lover has their own business, is physically fit and attractive, owns their own home, drives a great car, and would be devoted to Tonya if Tonya would allow it.
Tonya is like a kid in a candy store whose been told that she can have whatever she wants. She splits her affections between the two rather than switches them to Malcolm or Satin exclusively. Is it possible to be in love-at-first-sight with two different people, even two different genders, in the same month? Who will Tonya choose?
What if you are the one who is so afraid to be different that you will verbally abuse or beat up anyone who threatens others’ perceptions of your “normalcy”? There are also families involved in each relationship. “People don’t like it when you’re not who they need you to be.” Ms. Rose’s novel explores the confusion of adolescence and sexual identity—a theme that is artfully interspersed throughout the book.
Ms. Rose has written a powerful novel rivaling James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room in the intensity of issues that it brings before the reader. Like Baldwin’s David, Tonya is insensitive to the people that she is hurting while finding herself. However, Tonya is also tortured by her own selfishness, unlike David.
I fell in love with Ms. Rose’s lyrical rhythm of writing and intelligence of expression. Her book is one you won’t want to put down while reading and won’t want to end when you have finished it.
Written by Rosa L. Griffin
Published on Amazon 2/6/11