With the unique blend of truth and humor that made her first novel, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day . . ., a huge bestseller, Pearl Cleage returns with an extraordinary novel that is rich in character, steeped in sisterhood, and bursting with unexpected love . . . and maybe just a little magic.
Depending on the time of day, Regina Burns is a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown or an overdue breakthrough. One shattered heart and six months of rehab have left her wary and shell-shocked—especially with the prospect of taking a temporary consulting job in Atlanta, a move that would allow Regina to rescue the family home that she borrowed against when she was “a stomp down dope fiend.” Her stone-faced banker has grudgingly agreed to give her sixty days to settle her debts or lose the house.
Returning to Atlanta is a big risk. Last time Regina was there, she lost track of who she was and what she wanted. There’s a lot of emotional baggage with her new employer, Beth Davis. Can she really forgive Beth for breaking up her wedding plans on New Year’s Eve because she just didn’t think Regina was good enough to marry her son?
Meanwhile, Regina’s visionary Aunt Abbie has told her to be on the lookout for a handsome stranger with “the ocean in his eyes” who has a bone to pick and a promise to keep. Then a blue-eyed brother appears on the streets of Afro-Atlanta wearing a black cashmere overcoat, flashing a dazzling smile, and lending a helping hand when Regina needs it most. But between falling for Blue Hamilton and dealing with Beth, secrets will emerge that will threaten to send her life twisting in surprising new directions.
Like a conversation with a good friend, Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do shares hope, love, and laugher. As always, it is Pearl Cleage’s unforgettable characters and her gift for dialogue that will earn this provocative new novel a place in the hearts of her growing family of readers.
“Cleage writes with amazing grace and killer instinct.”
--The New York Times
“A playful, joy-filled novel, shot with…humor and engaging, life-loving characters.”
–Los Angeles Times
“Pearl Cleage deftly balanc[es] complex social issues with a warm narrative voice…SOME THINGS I NEVER THOUGHT I’D DO won’t disappoint.”
”[SOME THINGS I NEVER THOUGHT I’D DO] demonstrates [Cleage’s] gift for engaging storytelling, identifiable characters, and sister-to-sister dialogue.”
--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Biting and truthful, forceful and intelligent....With her signature aplomb, Pearl Cleage has crafted another novel with captivating dialogue, a straightforward read-to-the-end tale of sisterhood and romance.”
–Dallas Morning News
“Cleage croons a tale of politics-for-hire, community action, and strong men coming on with a voice as smooth and mellow as a jazz standard.”
–Bebe Moore Campbell
“Readers…will be charmed by this tale in which second chances are golden, love triumphs, and good wins over evil.”
“An engrossing story with a deep understanding of the human spirit.”
“[SOME THINGS…] sets the standard for fiction that not only entertains but raises important issues relevant in the real world.”
–Black Issues Book Review