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The High Price of a Good Man Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin Trade Paperbacks; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312305257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312305253
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,770,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The High Price of a Good Man has a typical "Mills & Boon" style happy ending but makes up for this one piece of predictability by having a bizarre cast of characters to whom some very strange things happen. There's Queenie, the narrator, a strong black woman with a very high opinion of herself; her best friend Poe, a witch; Ray, an obsessive admirer of Queenie's who thinks he's being romantic but is actually kind of creepy; and many others. If you think you would enjoy a romance novel that includes Denzel Washington, spontaneous human combustion, attempted murder by boa constrictor and the death of the main character, then check this out.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 21 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 13 Jun. 2003
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Queenisha "Queenie" Sutton was a beautiful and very successful woman. She did whatever was needed to get what she wanted. That included snaring handsome Zeke Washington! While at a charity fund-raiser Zeke was put up for auction. Winner "purchased" him for a single night. Queenie was determined to make him HER man! She even went to her best friend, Poetta, who put a "voodoo hex" on Zeke. But Queenie got a lot more than she ever expected!
Meanwhile, Raymondo (a co-worker) was out to make Queenie HIS woman. But Queenie wanted no part of him! As for Poetta, she was not just a side-line character. Poetta had her own trouble. She was in love with a married man. But the man dropped dead when her love spell went wrong!
If you like "sister-hood" then this book is for you! Filled with humor and a sassy wit, this story was easy to like. Well written characters that will keep you reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never know where you'll find true love. 7 Jun. 2004
By L. Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is hysterically funny. It had me laughing out loud on the New York subway. Especially the parts where Queen interacts with her co-worker Raymo and her dates roommate, "Sweet Willie". Where does Debra come up with this stuff? If you're looking for a good read, I highly recommend this book.

L. Hayes, author of "Afroetry".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, witty, and honest. 28 Dec. 2003
By S. Hollis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really liked "The High Price of a Good Man." It was a little wordy and slow reading in the beginning but once we met Sweet Willie things picked up. Women "big or small" can appreciate the humor and camaraderie between these characters. I found the story entertaining and the situations painfully true. I admire the honesty, the wit and humor applied to the topics of friendship, love, self-esteem, and weight. We have to love ourselves before we can love anyone else!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read but . . . 13 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The beginning of the book was really promising with the lure of a novel about a confident, professional plus-size sistah, Queenie who had it going on. The book turn a turn for with the subplot of Queenie's weird best friend Poetta and her witchcrafty ways and the road trip that ensues from it. The book *finally* comes back around to its senses near the end, but by that time I was already exhausted from the ridiculous detours from the subject matter the author took.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lord Why Do I Always Get the Wrong Man 17 Mar. 2004
By Angelique C. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Queenisha Renae Sutton is a full-figured diva, large and in charge, and she doesn't care who knows it!! Queenie begins this book by saying, "First of all, just for the record, I love me some me." Her infectious sass and go-getter attitude sparkle throughout the book.
Queenie has two constants in her life--her best friend Poetta James, a "candle-burning, incantation chanting" sister, whose specialty is "the beautification of hair;" and Raymundo Carlos Morales Castillo, or "Raymo", the male buyer at Macy's, where Queenie works. Not only is Raymo Queenie's male counterpart, he is hopelessly in love with her, and goes out of his way to show her his affection. Unfortunately Miss Queenie persists in degrading and embarrassing the man as much as possible without putting her job in jeopardy. Raymo reminds Queenie too much of Monroe, her first Latin lover, the man who broke her heart.
Into every diva's life an obstacle must fall--Queenie's obstacle comes in the form of a man by the name of Ezekiel "Zeke" Washington. Zeke is a Denzel Washington look-alike up for auction at an AIDS Date-a-thon, which Queenie attends after being pressured by Poetta. After paying over $1200 to date Zeke for one night, Queenie comes up with several elaborate schemes to persuade Zeke that she is the woman he needs. Zeke's only concern is Queenie's size. He even gives her "herbal pills" to assist her in losing weight. Not only does Queenie begin to lose weight; she also loses her self-esteem in her quest to make Zeke her man. Her stunts range from amusing to outrageous, but the reader will feel Queenie's pain.
Debra Phillips weaves a wonderful story in The High Price of a Good Man. When I first began to read it, I immediately thought "ghetto fiction", however, at its conclusion, I deemed it a very good story, filled with drama and comedy; with just enough "ghetto flavor" to keep it interesting to the younger reader, yet not turn off older readers. I must add that I especially loved the poem on the dedication page. It's touching and sweet.
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