Atria, Jan 2004, 22.00, 224 pp.
In Peoria, the three fifty something Cates sisters are in matrimonial crisis as they share the same home with one another and their respective spouses. It is not the relationships between the siblings that have tired Rebecca, Claudia, and Gracelyn. It is the constant duty caring for their husbands as each Cates sibling is bone weary with obeying for worse all the time.
Sadly, the tired trio looks forward to a future with their men in nursing homes. Following a head injury Jake lost his ability to think; alcohol consumption has destroyed Timothy; Bernard is dying from bone cancer.
Following the dispatching of their male losers, the Cates sisters blossom as well as Rebecca's successful LAELIA orchid-growing business has. Though free at last, they continue to be God-fearing Baptists though now they must contend with abusive misogynist Pastor Wilson, who condemns the trio.
Fans of engaging contemporary character studies will appreciate this deep look at the graying of three African-American women.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner