When Regina Burns married Blue Hamilton, she knew he was no ordinary
man. A charismatic R&B singer who gave up his career to assume
responsibility for the safety of Atlanta’s West End
community, Blue had created an African American urban oasis where crime
and violence were virtually nonexistent. In the beginning, Regina
enjoyed a circle of engaging friends and her own work as a freelance
communications consultant. Most of all, she relished the company of her
husband, who never ceased to be a source of passion and delight.
Then everything changed. More and more frightened women were showing up
in West End, seeking Blue’s protection from lovers who had
suddenly become violent. When the worst offenders begin to disappear
without a trace, the signs–all of them grim–seem to
point toward Blue and his longtime associate, Joseph
“General” Richardson. Now that Regina is pregnant,
her fear for Blue’s safety has become an obsession that
threatens the very heart of their relationship.
At the same time, Regina’s friend Aretha Hargrove is
desperately trying to redefine her own marriage. Aretha’s
husband, Kwame, is lobbying for them to leave West End and move to
midtown. Aretha resists at first, but finally agrees in an effort to
rekindle the flame that first brought them together.
Regina and Aretha have no way of knowing that what they regard as their
private struggles will soon become very public. When Baby Brother, a
charming con man, insinuates himself into the community, it becomes
clear that there is more to his handsome façade than meets
the eye. He carries the seeds of change that will affect both women in
profound and startling ways.
Returning to the vividly rendered Atlanta district of her last two
novels, New York Times bestselling author Pearl Cleage brilliantly
weaves the threads of her characters’ intersecting lives into
a story of family, friendship and, of course, love. Baby
Brother’s Blues is full of wit and warmth, illumination the
core of every woman’s hopes and dreams.
Baby Brother's Blues
by Pearl Cleage
One World/Ballantine (Random House)
Trade Paperback, 368 pages