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R. M. Johnson
Simon & Schuster, Sep 2004, 12.00, 310 pp.
ISBN: 0743244559

In Chicago, with her twin daughters now seventeen and sick of depending on loser human males, thirty-three years old nurse's assistant Livvy Rodgers decides to take care of herself for a change after years of struggling to put food on the table by returning to school to become a registered nurse. Her daughter Hennesey, an honor student with a college scholarship supports the decision; her other daughter street wise Aliz, who is going nowhere, detests the decision because she will have to earn a living instead of sponging off her mom.

Rafe Collins spent three years behind bars for a crime he did not commit as he protected his friend Smoke. Rafe works as an auto mechanic at Smoke's car dealership, which the latter uses to traffic in drugs. Rafe meets Hennesey and they begin to fall in love while mom Livvy meets nice Wade Williams; besides trying to steal Rafe from her sister, Aliz and her street pals make money rolling drunks. However, they chose the wrong target when they mugged Smoke, who takes this as an affront to his manhood and plans to attack Aliz and anyone she might hold dear.

This is a look at the mean streets as readers compare the twins' diametrically opposite ways out of the slums.

Harriet Klausner

This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Sister Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   being hunted by killer/stalker Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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