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Po sporadically accepts editing work and drags herself into work going through the motions. At home things are hectic as Po and her lover Mary are hitting the sheets hard with bondage and other games, but they can't find the time to discuss the underlying puss that stops them from being better lovers and friends to each other. Racism and privilege are finally faced as the tumultuous couple tries to hold on to something real about their love affair.
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After a bad cutting accident obtained while having sex with Mary, Po checks herself in to the local mental institution. Mary wants her out, and Po wants a break from Mary so she stays. During her in-patient residential stay Po deals with her family history and attraction to drama.

Memories of The Klan, a mentally ill, wife beating uncle, a brother who danced with imaginary friends, a sister who clocks out, and parents who tried to hold a family together while battling each other all come back to Po as she begins the long journey towards self-love and acceptance.

Neither Po's mother or father could imagine the trickery that a family endures when it is cursed. When Po finally opens up to the doctors and allows truth to be told in therapy she starts to heal. Her brother Bobby has found himself after dealing with a serious drug addiction and wants to come together with his sisters in honor of their now deceased mother.

Deciding to forgive their father for leaving them alone to live with another woman, the Child's children, now adults, understand that their father loved them the best way he knew how.

With therapy and interaction with others on mental lock down, Po comes to terms with her cutting and need for pain. She, Bobby, and Sonya allow their childhood memories tell their story of a family caught in emotional pain.    They also find strength and a love for one another as adult siblings.   

Po and Mary decide to part ways. As Po found herself she no longer needed S&M play to feel. Mary, decides that Po is too much work and that she'd be better off without Po.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked that Po was able to come back from the dark side of a mental institution prepared to hold her own. Her character was conflicted and confused, Taking a time out helped Po to make better coping choices.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was Bobby finding Onya and bringing her to the hospital to see Po and a "family reunion" after she'd been missing for years.

Opinion about the main character: What i dislike most about Po was how easy entitled she felt with Mary. They were never on the same page.

The review of this Book prepared by C. Imani Williams a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   lesbians!!!!!!!! Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate Disability or addiction?    -   mental illness

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age/status:    -   20's-30's If he's not white he must be...    -   black

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   writer Effect of sexing    -   more bitchy/arrogant If she's not white she must be...    -   black


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, dangerous (like New York)

Writing Style

What % of story is romance related?    -   40% How explicit is the sex?    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   whips, chains, and leather products used    -   spanking that woman comes to like Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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