Till You Hear from Me

Till You Hear from Me From the acclaimed Pearl Cleage author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day and Seen It All and Done the Rest comes an Obama era romance featuring a cast of unforgettable characters Just when

  • Title: Till You Hear from Me
  • Author: Pearl Cleage
  • ISBN: 9780345506375
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the acclaimed Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day and Seen It All and Done the Rest, comes an Obama era romance featuring a cast of unforgettable characters Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama s presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty five year old Ida B Wells Dunbar finds heFrom the acclaimed Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day and Seen It All and Done the Rest, comes an Obama era romance featuring a cast of unforgettable characters Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama s presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty five year old Ida B Wells Dunbar finds herself on Washington, D.C s post election sidelines even as her twentysomething counterparts overrun the West Wing Adding to her woes, her father, the Reverend Horace A Dunbar, Atlanta civil rights icon and self described foot soldier for freedom, is notoriously featured on an endlessly replayed YouTube clip in which his pronouncements don t exactly jibe with the new era in American politics The Rev s stinging words and myopic views don t sound anything like the man who raised Ida to make her mark in the world When friends call to express their concern, Ida realizes it s time to head home and see for herself what s going on Besides, with her job prospects growing dimmer, getting out of D.C for a while might be the smartest move she could make Back in her old West End neighborhood, Ida runs into childhood friend and smooth political operator Wes Harper, also in town to pay a visit to the Reverend Dunbar, his mentor Ida doesn t trust Wes or his mysterious connections for one second, but she can t deny her growing attraction to him While Ida and the Rev try to find the balance between personal loyalties and political realities, they must do some serious soul searching in order to get things back on track before Wes permanently derails their best laid plans.

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    1. Pearl Cleage

      Pearl Cleage born December 7, 1948 is an African American author whose work, both fiction and non fiction, has been widely recognized Her novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was a 1998 Oprah Book Club selection Cleage is known for her feminist views, particularly regarding her identity as an African American woman Cleage teaches drama at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.Pearl Cleage was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, the daughter of Doris Cleage n e Graham , a teacher, and the late civil rights activist Bishop Albert Cleage After backlash resulting from her father s radical teachings, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where Bishop Cleage became a prominent civil rights leader Cleage first attended Howard University in Washington, D.C in 1966 majoring in playwriting and dramatic literature However she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend Spelman College in 1969, where she eventually attained a bachelor s degree in drama in 1971 She then joined the Spelman faculty as a writer and playwright in residence and as a creative director Cleage has written many novels, plays, and non fiction works borrowing heavily from her life experiences Many of her novels are set in neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia.Cleage notably writes about topics at the intersection of sexism and racism, specifically on issues such as domestic violence and rape in the black community She has been a supporter of the Obama administration Cleage is an activist for AIDS and women s rights, experiences from which she draws from for her writings.In 1969, Cleage married Michael Lomax, an Atlanta politician and past president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana They had a daughter, Deignan Njeri The marriage ended in divorce in 1979 In 1994, Cleage married Zaron Burnett, Jr, writer and director for the Just Us Theater Company She has four grandchildren.Cleage is a former Cosby Endowed Chair at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia She also speaks at colleges, universities, and conferences on topics including domestic violence, the citizen s role in a participatory democracy, and writing topics from


    1. Okay, hands down, Pearl Cleage is my favorite author of the last few years. I have yet to read anything of hers that wasn’t topnotch. She weaves a story like no one else. I first came to love her writing with What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day and have read and loved every novel she has written since then. Till You Hear from Me is no different. The protagonist, Ida B is a strong-willed daddy’s girl that has had a falling out with her Civil Rights legend father, the fictitious Reverend [...]

    2. My co-workers have heard ad nauseum about how excited I was to read this book. It starts out in D.C. (where I grew up) then moves to the West End neighborhood of Atlanta (where I live now) and even has a minor character named Toni (who is nothing like me, but makes me happy anyway). Thanks, Pearl!After her estranged father, civil rights pioneer Rev. Horace Dunbar, makes some confusing, disparaging comments about the newly elected president, Ida Dunbar is called home by a family friend to help ge [...]

    3. TerrificI truly enjoyed this book. I believe the ending could have been a little better. It was an easy and quick read. You understood the plot.

    4. This was the first book that I've read by Pearl Cleage. I thought it was okay. The book is all about politics. Ida, one of the main characters, worked hard to help President Obama get elected, but she doesn't end up with a job at the White House after all. Meanwhile, her father, affectionately known as the Rev, has gone viral in a YouTube clip.Admittedly, this book did get a good group discussion going about voter rights, confusing voter registration laws, the importance of grassroots campaignin [...]

    5. This was my first Pearl Cleage book. Unfortunately on page 18 she mentioned a "super nigger". What is that person exactly Ms. Cleage? Did the phrase enhance your writing? I don't think so. This novel is set in Atlanta 2008 and managed to have an Ida B, Flora, Iona and Fannie Lu. Those names were dragged in from the 1940's.Ida B's chapters were in first person and Wes's chapters were in 3rd person. It made the book read a little strangely for me. Ida was not a dynamic or particularly interesting [...]

    6. Let me start by saying, I LOVE Pearl Cleage writings. So I was surprised and disappointed in this novel. There was not the rich character development I have come to expect or the emotional attachment to one or more of the characters. It felt as if Ms. Cleage wrote this to fulfil a contractual agreement. Even re-visiting old characters did not redeem it for me. While this story may have been more highly rated if done by another writer, for a Pearl Cleage novel it was substandard.

    7. I usually really enjoy Cleage's books but this wash. Honestly, I couldn't even finish it. It was so boring. Halfway though I decided that life was too short to be forced to read something I didn't want to read. The storyline was dull and I didn't care for any of the characters. Very disappointing.

    8. I love Pearl Cleage. But this book, not so much my favorite. I do love how she calls out patriarchy within our world, and also civil rights movements! As with many of her other books, there's a strong sense of community in this book and an under current of doing the right thing (good prevailing). This book was just OK to me. Not super compelling

    9. Another really good novel from Pearl Cleage! Simply-plotted, post-2008 election novel based in Atlanta's West End area. Pearl knows her audience well and does a fine job with this tale. Hope there's a sequel!

    10. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, and if it weren't for the one-dimensional mustache-twirling villain I'd have given this four stars.

    11. Really good continuation in the Pearl Cleage "west end" saga. As a fan I am ready for a new setting and new characters. Good book though.

    12. Many characters are named and briefly sketched. No one has depth. This is a surface story that you can skim through without being pulled in, even when the bad guys are being truly bad. If Cleage would dig more deeply, she could rewrite this story and make it into a highly entertaining thriller as well as an exploration of self and an exploration of the patterns of paternalism which is still deeply rooted within Black culture. She did not achieve this.A Bit of History-Modern American origins of c [...]

    13. While the storyline was quite gentle, I enjoyed this book because Pearl Cleage really is a wonderful writer. She has so much more to show you than a plot in this book- we are taken to West End and submerged into the life and culture of a community as they embrace the election of Obama as President. The combination of politics, family relationships, community, civil rights and freedom are important and uplifting. This book encourages the reader to consider the enormity of Obama's election, and al [...]

    14. Till You HearI loved the author ‘s voice and the story line kept me on the edge of my seat. This wasn’t my first book from this author and it won’t be my last. Well done!

    15. Good bookGreat character development, good story, and good writing make for a very readable book. This is my third Cleage book and it won’t be my last.

    16. I think this was a well written, edge of your seat, don't want to put it down, I can't believe he did that read. This is a must read.

    17. Loved it!Wonderful story that brings the present (Obama as president) and the days of the Civil Rights movement together in such a loving and historical way. I love Pearl Cleage's West End stories! I can't wait to read her next one for the post Obama days. I'll never forget the phrase "blood on the ballots" or underestimate the meaning.

    18. This book is advertised as an "Obama-era romance featuring a cast of unforgettable characters." The characters are good but they are forgettable except for Wes and that's merely because he's so ridiculously unlikable. I had hoped that the author would have a less-biased approach towards Wes, Toni and any other characters like them who believed that we are in a post-racial society and detest affirmative action and the like. Instead the author makes them caricatures without really exploring what c [...]

    19. This book was good, I give it that. But there were so many things that I disliked about it, that I just could not give it a higher rating. #1. I did not like the language that was continually used in this book. It just seemed like she didn't know any other words. Ex. (her repetition for the word negro. This word did not need to be used as much as it was. Many times, it could have easily been substituted by the word people.) (And she kept using the reference west end. Yes, everyone knows that the [...]

    20. My girlfriend gave me this book after coming down to be with my family after the passing of my father. She thought I would need to immerse myself in books and stay busy and we all love Ms. Cleage's writing.It took me so long to read it considering, I usually finish Pearl's books in a day or so, because I just enjoy her writing so much. Some days I just didnt feel like picking it up.As always she dealt with topics very familiar to me, the election of our nation's 1st AA POTUS, the freshness and c [...]

    21. Another good story by author of I Wish I Had A Red Dress and Feel Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day! Family, old guard civil rights activists, and tampering with voter registration forms are central to this latest Pearl Cleage story. Set in Atlanta, Georgia, Ida B. returns to her childhood home when lifelong family friend Luna encourages her to return after her father, Reverend Dunbar is in a You-Tube video talking about illegal Mexicans in a less than flattering manner. Ida reluctantly returns home [...]

    22. The way this book started, I thought it was going to be a romance, with the amoral rogue being redeemed by the sensible heroine who appreciates the community they both come from so that he learns to love it too. This was not that, which means that the never redeemed rogue was mostly a cartoon villain. The parts from the heroine's point of view were much better, with a look at an interesting (if somewhat Utopian, by the book's own design) community + the generational conflict between her & he [...]

    23. I was not sure if I was only to read this book, but after reading some excerpts I decided that I would enjoy this story. I was pleasantly surprised how much I did enjoy this story. It was a quick entertaining read with serious undertones of the directions of society in the times of President Obama. This is a wonderful book discussion book because of all of the themes running through the story, that there is something in here for everyone. While reading this book, I found myself shaking my head i [...]

    24. Pearl Cleage is a great author and this book deals with the Obama era. Even though Obama has won the election, people are still trying to undermine him. Ida B worked on the Obama campaign and she is waiting for the 'vetting' process to be completed before she is awarded a job in the White House. Meanwhile, her father Rev. Dunbar is stirring up the people in Georgia. Along comes Wes, his Godson who is secretely trying to discredit him. I liked this book because it should us what really could be g [...]

    25. The book starts after Ida's job (with the Obama campaign) has ended, and she's unsure what to do next. Her father, a minister, is on a youtube video saying some crazy sounding things. Can she talk him out of it, or should she trust him? He, and many of his friends, affected the world in the 1960s as civil rights workers can they still find meaning and purpose as they age? Ida also finds herself involved in a mystery, and danger.Cleage paints a nice picture of caring family and neighbors in Atlan [...]

    26. This author"s keen sense of observation adds to the appeal of her work as does her knowledge of the area and time that she writes about. The byproduct of this is sometimes her fiction is too much driven by her positions and beliefs and often the characters behave less like real people and more like vehicles to to advance a story with a pre-determined moral and outcome. That said, some of her previous work shows that Cleage is more than capable of writing compelling, believable fiction, this book [...]

    27. Not my very favorite of Pearl Cleage's West End series, but a solid read with a very timely setting. As always, her story was inspirational and fulfilling. She really understands people and the relationships between them and isn't afraid to give the ol' heartstrings a good pull. Curiously, I'm noticing that while some of the men in her novels are "good men," most of them are not. The shady ones are REALLY shady. No grey area there. Something I'll keep an out for for further exploration as her sh [...]

    28. An entertaining read by Cleage. Ida B. Dunbar is hoping for a job with the Obama administration. She returns home to Atlanta after her famous father-a civil rights icon-Rev. Dunbar makes some disparaging remarks in a recent speech. Ida is made aware of a plot to negate over a hundred thousand voters the Rev registered to aid President Obama's quest to the White House. Ida returns to try to uncover the person(s) behind the plot and to protect her father. But who needs protection Ida or her father [...]

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