I'm a huge fan of Jill Scott so when I heard she was doing another movie, it caught my attention immediately. The movie she's in is called Sins of the Mother and it's a Lifetime movie based on the novel by Carleen Brice: Orange, Mint and Honey. Now, you all know how much I just hate watching the movie before reading the book so . . . I decided to borrow the book and read it. And I just noticed that they are now streaming the whole movie live on the website so I can watch it!
I know the bar has (recently) been set high by Eat, Pray, Love so forgive me if I'm not gushing. And I do have to say I was wary since this novel was an Essence magazine book club selection. But the novel is solid. Nothing exciting. No intense twists and turns. No deep soul searching. But it it an interesting if somewhat predictable read.
The main character, Shay, has essentially raised herself since her mother was an alcoholic. She struggles desperately in life to attain a sense of normalcy and security. She finds it hard to trust people and because she has completely immersed herself in academia and work, goes reeling when these two things go awry (she loses her job and starts to do poorly in school and needs to take a break). In the throes of a depression, she receives a vision of the great Nina Simone who encourages her to move back to live with her mother. Her mother has finally managed to kick the alcoholism although the reader can see that it is a daily struggle for her. All the tensions and issues you would expect to arise by Shay moving back in with her mom, do. But in the end, Shay is able to find healing and is able to forgive and move on. We never know exactly what brought on the visions of Nina Simone but as Shay pulls herself to a good place, Nina stops showing up.
The writing itself was solid. Brice is a good writer but I'm not sure I'd be enticed to read another one of her books. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie, though.
Currently I'm reading . . . wait for it . . . Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. It's like reading Sweet Valley High so needless to say, I'm not enthralled since I'm not 13. Okay, maybe I'm being a bit harsh but this book was highly recommended to me by the hubby's homie's wife. I mean, she was straight sweating this book--swearing up and down that this is the must.read.book of the century. I'm reading it wishing I were reading Fledgling. I'll chalk it up to vastly different tastes.
So next up after Twilight, I'm looking to re-read Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell. I read this probably in my senior year of high school and I loved it. I'm going to read it again, ten years later and see if I still love it. I've got Temple of My Familiar (which I own) which I want to try to read again but I also want to go back to some classics like Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice--stuff I read and liked in school but wonder how it would go over now. There's a thread I'm reading on Nappturality about books and there are just so many suggestions I can't keep up! So I may have to just make a list.