In Bryant's first mainstream fiction offering, she does a great job of
bringing forth characters that are feisty, diverse and interesting. Delving into the psyche of Alize, Dom, Moet and Cristal, Bryant establishes well-developed characters that are, in some instances, extreme opposites. Off-beat behaviors exhibit unpredictability that generates excitement within the novel. Live and Learn is a pleasurable reading experience.

Friends Alize, Moet, Dom and Cristal are the epitome of high maintenance. Each maintains her glamorous lifestyle in her own way and dares anyone to bat an eyelash. But behind each woman lies a broken heart due to family trauma and long-held secrets. As their pain deepens, the more outrageous their behavior becomes, the more they overindulge and experience excessive emotional turmoil. In the end it's anyone's guess as to who, if anyone, will come out on top. (Dafina, Mar., 273 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton