St. Martin's, Jul 2003, 12.95, 293 pp.
Queenisha Renae Sutton, better known as Queenie to her friends that is, relishes being an amazon honey brown. Six feet size sixteen means no crap even if the brother is a hunk. Still she wants a man of her own, but not one to play her as a fool.
Queenie thinks she met the brother of her dreams when she sees Zeke Washington. Queenie tries to change her outlook and appearance to fit what she believes Zeke would want in a woman even after she meets his animalistic roommate Sweet Willie. However, Raymo from work loves Queenie just the way she is: big, black, and beautiful, but she sees him as a pest and cannot understand tamales and candies when she needs to lose weight (diet pills and all) for Zeke. Raymo has started his own campaign to make Queenie his wife bordering on sexual harassment, but to her he is too short and too small for a woman her size.
THE HIGH PRICE OF A GOOD MAN is a fine chick lit tale with a delightful lead protagonist whose sass is fun especially when she blows away a male loser and during her efforts to change into Zeke's ideal female image as encouraged by him. Po is a perfect sidekick and Raymo will surprise readers with his depth even if he is a pain at times. Though Zeke seems somewhat shallow, fans will appreciate this delightful look at a big woman seeking love.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner