What Looks Like Crazy

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What Looks Like Crazy

by P Cleage

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 7, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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In a remarkable debut novel that sizzles with sensuality, crackles with life-affirming energy and moves the reader to laughter and tears, author Pearl Cleage creates a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding. After a decade of luxe living in Atlanta, Ava Johnson has returned to tiny Idlewild, Michigan -- her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits on one dark truth: Ava has tested positive for HIV. Bur rather than a sorrowful end, her homecoming is a new beginning. Because, in the ten-plus years since she left, all the problems of the big city have invaded the sleepy community of her childhood. Because dear friends and family sorely need her help in the face of impending trouble and tragedy, and Ava cannot turn her back on them. And because, most importantly, Ava Johnson is inexplicabley and undeniably falling in love.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.13 × 2.06 × 0.25 in

Published: October 7, 1998

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038079487X

ISBN - 13: 9780380794874

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What Looks Like Crazy

by P Cleage

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.13 × 2.06 × 0.25 in

Published: October 7, 1998

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038079487X

ISBN - 13: 9780380794874

From the Publisher

In a remarkable debut novel that sizzles with sensuality, crackles with life-affirming energy and moves the reader to laughter and tears, author Pearl Cleage creates a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding. After a decade of luxe living in Atlanta, Ava Johnson has returned to tiny Idlewild, Michigan -- her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits on one dark truth: Ava has tested positive for HIV. Bur rather than a sorrowful end, her homecoming is a new beginning. Because, in the ten-plus years since she left, all the problems of the big city have invaded the sleepy community of her childhood. Because dear friends and family sorely need her help in the face of impending trouble and tragedy, and Ava cannot turn her back on them. And because, most importantly, Ava Johnson is inexplicabley and undeniably falling in love.

From the Jacket

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.

About the Author

Pearl Cleage is the author of Mad at Miles: A Black Woman's Guide to Truth and Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot. An accomplished Playwright, she teaches playwriting at Spelman College, is a cofounder of the literary magazine Catalyst and writes a column for the Atlanta Tribune. Ms. Cleage lives in Atlanta with her husband. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day...is her first novel.

From Our Editors

Growing up in Idlewild, Michigan, Ava Johnson learned if you were young, black, and had any sense, Atlanta was the place to be. So when she was old enough, Ava moved to the land of destiny and found fame and wealth in her self-fashioned hair salon. In no time, she was moving with the brothers and sisters who had great clothes, big cars, bigger dreams and money in the bank. After a decade of elegant pleasures and luxury living, Ava has come home, her fabulous career and plans smashed to bits by one dark truth. She's tested positive for HIV. Ava returns to little Idlewild to spend one last summer with her widowed sister, Joyce. But Idlewild isn't the same little town. There's the Sewing Circus - Joyce's effort to teach Idlewild's young black women about sex, drugs and pregnancy. And the crack addicted baby Joyce has taken under her wing. Then there's Wild Eddie, whose legendary, violent background and eastern gentility stirs Ava's interest...and something more.

Editorial Reviews

"Very funny and charming. . .Following Cleage''s twists and turns of the human spirit, readers may find themselves in a very inspired and uplifted plane well before the last page."--"Washington Post Book World

"Cleage writes with amazing grace and killer instinct."--"The New York Times

"Engrossing, entertaining. . .[a] wryly observant, moving tale. . .WHAT LOOKS LIKE CRAZY is a smart novel that will have readers laughing in recognition of the foibles of human nature as it lays bare its characters''--and our own--assumptions about class, sexuality, and love in unexpected and thoroughly gratifying ways."--"Atlanta Journal Constitution

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