LOVE ON THE LINE
The beauty of Love on the Line is how we are privy to the thoughts of and reactions
to "damn near white" Thea and her college-bound, blue-eyed daughter, Jesse. The author does a magnificent job of sharing Jesse's passage from getting out of her mother's house to getting "outed" at college. This fantastic read will make readers think progressively about color, culture and character.
Four years after Thea's white husband dies, she marries Xavier, a former lover. However, her powerful job is in a different state, and the women at his church don't approve of either her looks or her frequent absences. Thea loves both Xavier and her job, which is turning into a definite conflict. Meanwhile, Jesse, a star athlete, embraces her heritage but wonders if disclosing it is being truly honest or simply caving into society's definitions and expectations. (AVON A, Feb., 320 pp., $13.95)