Sharina Harris comes to the blog today with a story of friendship and support with
Set in Atlanta and focused on four women who’ve been friends since university, Harris has created a story that displays the best qualities of friendship and support, even when we aren’t being our ‘best selves’ in every situation. Four women with vastly different views on how the world should work for them, and goals that may have seemed unobtainable after choices dampened some of the resolve and options wide open some ten years earlier, there is something for everyone to relate to here.
From dreams passed over in favor of another choice, to fear of moving forward, grief, infidelities, relationship struggles and truly finding their lost “mojo” that was forefront and loud when leaving school, we see each character go through struggles, changes, challenges and self-examination: from learning to deal with grief, to finding your own purpose, even things as simple as redefining a marriage or finding a new job that doesn’t wear on a daily basis. Stay at home mum and frustrated singer Nikki, Radio Host Raina, grief-stricken Kara and lawyer Sienna all have challenges and choices thrown in their path: the beauty of this story is the way in which they tackle those choices and challenges, and find strength, course corrections and camaraderie within the friend group.
The voices and the characters are compelling and universal: the beauty of diversity in fiction highlights BOTH the differences and similarities, and allows readers to vicariously experience a situation or circumstance that may be similar to their own, or very different but compelling in the way the character attacks the problem. Harris has cracked a window into a secret that many readers just instinctively know (and that everyone should experience). We are more alike than different, it’s simply the circumstances and appearances that make us different. And, despite those differences, we can all learn from one another, as we are developing a new view of the world and people around us.
Title: (Im)perfectly Happy
Author: Sharina Harris
Genre: African-American, Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Depression, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Southern
Published by: Algonquin Books, Evatopia Press, Kensington
Published on: 28 April, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 36 minutes
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When four college friends formed the Brown Sugarettes Mastermind Group, they had very different goals--but matched each other in ambition. Yet ten years later they can't help wondering what happened to the hopeful, confident, driven women they used to be--and how to get them back . . .
Radio personality Raina, known as "the black Delilah," hates the wholesome persona that's made her a success. Doling out syrupy versions of her grandma's wisdom feels worlds away from the sarcastic, tell-it-like-it-is woman Raina really is.
Kara Jones was sure she'd be a master sommelier by thirty. Life and loss interfered with that plan. Now she has one more chance--but it's taking a toll on her self-esteem and her marriage.
Nikki Grayson hardly recognizes the stay-at-home mom she's become. When her band signed a record deal, she swapped the limelight for a minivan and a sensible 'do. Now she's wishing she had followed her heart. Instead, she's drowning her regret in alcohol.
Public defender Sienna Njeri willingly put her city council aspirations aside to support her fiance's bid for office--and now she's wondering if her loyalty is misplaced.
Longing for the support, advice, and tough love they once shared, all four resolve to start meeting up again. After all, their dreams may still be within reach. But are they worth the price they'll pay to achieve them?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.