After a decade of elegant pleasures and luxe living among the
Atlanta brothers and sisters with the best clothes and biggest
dreams, Ava Johnson has temporarily returned home to Idlewild --
her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits by cold
reality. But what she imagines is the end is, instead, a beginning.
Because, in the ten-plus years since Ava left, all the problems of
the big city have come to roost in the sleepy North Michigan
community whose ordinariness once drove her away; and she cannot
turn her back on friends and family who sorely need her in the face
of impending trouble and tragedy. Besides which, that one
unthinkable, unmistakable thing is now happening to her: Ava
Johnson is falling in love.
Acclaimed playwright, essayist and columnist Pearl Cleage has
created a world rich in character, human drama, and deep,
compassionate understanding, in a remarkable debut novel that
sizzles with sensuality, hums with gritty truth, and sings and
crackles with life-affirming energy as it moves the reader to
laughter and tears.