BEBE'S BY GOLLY WOW by Yolanda Joe


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A lightweight follow-up to He Say, She Say (1997) provides a realistic, if uninspired, portrayal of remarriage in an urban middle-class African-American community. Bebe, a middle-aged bank supervisor, is looking for love, as is Sandy, an employee at a popular Chicago radio station. Sandy, though young enough to be Bebe’s daughter, is actually her best friend. Both women have been burned in the past, so when Bebe meets Isaac Sizemore, a well-read, thoughtful fireman who’s raising his daughter on his own, it’s hard for her to accept that he’s the real thing. Complicating matters is 13-year-old Dash, Isaac’s daughter by Alicia, the woman who left him to “see the world” when Dash was only ten. Isaac finds himself caught in the opposed agendas of two strong-willed females, and it takes nearly losing everything before he wakes up and faces his responsibility both to Dash and the woman he loves. Meanwhile, in a subplot that gets short shrift, Isaac is also dealing with his irresponsible friend L.A., who’s deep in gambling troubles and looking out for his elderly Uncle Lucius (Lucius manages to dispense more wisdom than all the other characters combined). While Bebe struggles with Dash--whose antics include pouring Tabasco into her food when she’s not looking--Sandy’s career is on the line: Her boss brings in a white consultant named Richard Belder, who intends to put his own stamp on the station. The most refreshing aspect of Joe’s take on these two women’s lives is that Bebe, older by 20 years, is rewarded for her experience by finding what she’s been seeking, while Sandy learns from Bebe’s patience and sustaining self-respect. A pedestrian story line, but as before, with lively dialogue and smart-as-a-whip female protagonists.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-385-49255-3
Page count: 289pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1998


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