Book Reviews of Warm Hands : A Novel

Warm Hands : A Novel
Warm Hands A Novel
Author: Margaret Johnson-Hodge
ISBN-13: 9780312972936
ISBN-10: 0312972938
Publication Date: 2/15/2000
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Traveling the same ground as Terry McMillan, this latest from Johnson-Hodge (The Real Deal) follows the travails and transformation of a strong but self-sabotaging African-American woman. At 35, Mya Williams is barely over her romance with a seductive loser named Vincent when she meets Jeff, a successful young architect. They've scheduled the wedding when Mya finds herself unable to resist one final tryst with her sexy ex. In the aftermath, a shell-shocked Mya--now dumped by both Vincent and Jeff--is forced to examine her soul, her sexual cravings and her self-destructive neediness. Pondering the collapse of her life and the fragmentation--at once funny and painful--of her family, Mya attains a peaceful self-reliance and finds her true soul mate along the way. Mya's metamorphosis from madcap confusion to a nearly saintly level of self-actualization is too seamless to ring true, and--as is so often the case--her tale is far more fun before her conversion than after it. Still, Johnson-Hodge offers a sassy and often endearing story. (Mar.)
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Mya is feeling free and content after month of heartbreaking sadness in the aftermath of breaking up with her commitment-phobic boyfriend, Vincent. She's taken up running, looks good, and has no intention of starting another relationship. Then she meets Jeff. Handsome, decent, and kind, he's a keeper--the kind of man she's always wanted--the man she is about to marry. Until she stuns herself and everyoen else by betraying Jeff...with Vincent.

Hurt and angry, Jeff walks out of her life, leaving Mya alone to confront her deepest self and her destructive behavior. In doing so, she takes a brave look at her own life and the family patterns she learned to follow. Through a haze of pain, despair and desperation, Mya awakens to life's truest lessons: self-love if the most important love of all, and only by loving yourself can others truly love you...