The High Price of a Good Man Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003
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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.
L. Hayes, author of "Afroetry".
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.