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Kahlil Richardson seems to have it all: a stellar career as a rising young advertising executive in his native Detroit, a serious commitment to community activism, a beautiful girlfriend to whom he's just become engaged, a loving family, and a great old house that he's fixing up room by room. Things are about to get very messy, however, as the women in his life make unwise decisions that affect everyone around them. A captivating tale driven by strong characters who aren't afraid to speak their minds, Fed Up with the Fanny is a novel for every woman who has yearned for men to communicate more and for every man who has felt blamed for the divide between the sexes. We may think the choices we face in life are ours alone to make, but Franklin White shows with compassion how those choices affect not only us but our loved ones as well.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684852010
ISBN-10: 0684852012
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 22mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Pocket Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 25-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » The enthusiastic (if slightly sappy and overearnest) White joins a new movement of male African-American writers (e.g., Eric Jerome Dickey, among others) who want to portray "good" black men, rather than the more frequent media representations of gangstas and deadbeat dads. Kahlil Richardson, a handsome, educated, six-foot five-inch "chocolate brother," with five sisters and a widowed mom, is an ad executive at Detroit's Houston Corporation by day, and a babe-magnet both by day and night. Kahlil finds his women, though, to be a constant source of tension and conflict. First, there's Cece, the supposed love of his life, whose distrustfulness and manipulative best friend interfere with what could be Kahlil's main chance for true romantic happiness. Then there's his best pal, Dewayna, with her fly-by-night husband, Demitrious, who continually neglects his responsibilities concerning their son Octavious. Not to mention Sonic, Kahlil's politically powerful and sexually voracious former lover, who won't let anything stand in the way of her own success, and, finally, his oldest sister Leandra, whose son Sid (Kahlil's nephew) is in tons of trouble and headed for more. It's Sid's gang associations that form the bulk of the dramatic action here. Due to Kahlil's work for the Urban Coalition, a grassroots organization that strives to ensure that the black community is adequately represented in the city of Detroit, he takes a particular interest in rescuing Sid from oncoming demise. As Kahlil deals with his demanding women, he releases stress by harping on about the "suck-ass white boys" in his office - and thereby falls into his own trap of stereotyping. Eventually, he realizes that life (surprise) is more complicated than he'd thought. Lively language and colorful characters, but the shifting point-of-view is confusing and the plot loose, at best. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Franklin White

Franklin White, who privately published FED UP WITH THE FANNY before Simon & Schuster acquired it, writes music lyrics as well as for television.

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