A raw, candid, and thought-provoking debut novel explores the devastating lingering effects of childhood turmoil on four thirtysomething friends
At first glance, Britton Landers, Indera Fleet, Damascus Miles, and Chyna Littles appear to be living their dreams. However, only Britton, a psychologist, knows the secrets lurking beneath each shiny facade. After he abandons his past for a seemingly carefree life in the Dominican Republic, he realizes that some memories will haunt you forever. Indera runs a successful beauty salon, but when it comes to men, she believes they're only good for one thing: sex. Damascus is a stripper with a deceptively healthy appetite for women...especially when it puts more money in his G-string, and Chyna is a good girl trapped in a marriage that is starting to unravel.
The demons that have haunted these friends since childhood are rising up, but it's the painful truth that could destroy them...
In this 2001 self-published title, picked up Strebor's "Zane Presents" series, four college friends uneasily forge adult lives: Britton has ditched a job as a school psychologist for a life of leisure in the Dominican Republic; Indera, or Indy, is a "mack diva" who runs a successful beauty salon and takes up with whomever she likes, but considers most men unreliable at best. Damascus, aka Tee, strips for a living, and has no problem hooking up with club-going women. Chyna, the good girl, is married, rockily, with children. Childhood traumas-a variety of sexual and emotional abuses and terrors-are close to the surface of the adult lives of Birch's four survivors, and when pasts and presents collide, the results are fierce melodrama. Snappy dialogue, trash talk (from Tee) and steamy sex keep the proceedings moving as the four, each in his or her own way, attempt to hold it together.