If you’re looking for some serious drama (and drama queens), this latest novel from Morrison will fit the bill nicely. Told from a woman’s perspective, If You Don’t Know Me depicts men as clueless and gullible, and all of the women are schemers, liars and/or opportunists. The buildup of drama leads to an anticlimactic end that sets up the next book. But Morrison does a great job of introducing characters and storylines to new readers without an overabundance of exposition.

Madison is adjusting to being a new mother and still trying to find a way to win back her estranged husband, Chicago. With their divorce not officially finalized, she tries to come up with a foolproof plan to get her husband away from his new girlfriend, Sidney. Not one to be outdone, Sidney works behind the scenes to hang onto the man she loves and stop him from returning to his almost ex-wife. She enlists the help of Granville, the man with whom Madison cheated on Chicago — and who is also rumored to be the father of Madison’s baby. (DAFINA, Apr., 288 pp., $24.00)
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B. Nakia Garner