Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Resurrecting Mingus, Jenoyne Adams, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2001, 241 pp

Mingus is a young black woman. Actually she is mixed: black father and white mother. She is a lawyer, a workaholic and as the book opens she has just lost another lover. So this is African American first fiction chick-lit.

Actually it wasn't too bad. Reading about Mingus took me away to someone else's bad life on a day when mine was in the pits. It was just a little too predictable, the characters a little too cardboard-like. I have to admit, it did not have a happy ending.

But I picked the book off a library shelf because of the title and my favorite thing about it was that a black father, dealing with the stress of raising a mixed family, would name his daughter after a jazz musician.

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