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Nappily Ever After

A Novel
Written by: Trisha R. Thomas
Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Venus Johnston has a great job and a long-term, live-in boyfriend who happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous doctor. She also has a weekly beauty-parlor date to keep her long, nappy hair slick and straight. But the tedious hours and harsh chemicals in the salon have long grated on Venus. One frustrating day, she trades in the long hair for a dramatically short, natural cut and sends her commitment-balking boyfriend packing. It's a bold declaration of independence and one that has effects she never could have imagined. Reactions from friends and coworkers range from concern to contempt to outright condemnation. When her ex starts dating a voluptuous, long-haired beauty, Venus is forced to question what she really wants out of life. With wit, resilience, and determination, Venus finally learns what true happiness is, on her own terms.
©2000 Michael Herr (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the critics say

"Thomas offers painful but amusing insights into the politics of beauty, black culture, and male-female relationships; her first novel places her in a league with Terry MacMillan and Bebe Moore Campbell." ( Booklist)
"Empowering....Thomas refuses to let her characters slide into stereotype, and she keeps the pace fast and funny." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great Book!!!

Definitely not what I expected. Such a refreshing story and can't wait to see on Netflix.

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  • Laura K.
  • 2009-08-21

Great

This was a good read because even though I listened, the narrator did such a good job that I feel like I read it word for word. Anyway, I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters. I also enjoyed the life lesson. Sometimes when u snooze, u loose. Keep up the good work

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  • Tarsha D Jones
  • 2018-11-08

I really enjoyed this story and the performance.

this story made me look at women and even clarified for me (a woman) just how much pressure and the sometimes source of it we are often under. thank you!

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  • Talya Straughter
  • 2019-04-16

Such a great listen

This was such a great listen. The story was one of love, lost, and redemption. I love how Vince found herself in the process of losing and gaining.

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  • DeDe
  • 2019-03-07

Narrating

The narrator ruined the book. She made everyone sound uneducated. Note to self not to listen to this narrator read again.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2019-02-21

Nice story

Struggle a little. Venus & Clint, shows how women following a pattern worrying about the wrong leading to destruction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-01

GOOD

I like characters and the story line. Even though I wasn't expecting the way it went I still liked it.

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  • SHA
  • 2019-01-04

Fell in love with myself all over again....

Very nice depiction of the everyday struggels of woman black women and hair. I was even more elated to learn that the book had been made into a movie. I am so glad I listened to the audiobook first. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Much better than the movie.

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  • Iesha moore
  • 2018-10-25

Lover it

I am glad I listened. The book was soo much better than the movie. Thanks

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  • Curdee
  • 2018-10-17

Great listen!

This narrator is awesome! With the different voices and the singing, it just allows you to place yourself in the scene. You can visualize each character and even feel their emotions. Wonderful job by Lisa Reneé Pitts!

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  • Janice
  • 2018-10-17

Read before you watch the movie

I heard the movie was coming out so I wanted to read the book first. Very glad I did. The book was much better that the movie.