Between laughing at beauty salon
gossip and bristling at cultural ignorance, Walker deals with the sobering topics of drug abuse, drug dealing and incarceration. Kudos to him for delivering a page-turner about thug life and love that transcends stereotypes.

Despite a shaky start, including having children with two different thugs, Mia graduates from college. Her career is on track, but her personal life is fractured. Her sister's boyfriend is a thug, her own Mr. Right is all wrong and the man who does profess his love for her is her son's father, who's in prison. With some help from her friends at the beauty salon, Mia sets out to change her life -- for the better. (GENESIS/INDIGO, Nov., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Robin R. Pendleton