As the Bang family gathers for Joy Bang's funeral, Baby Palatine, the elderly woman who raised the Bang girls and who has an idealized image of the Bangs, realizes that their's is not a perfect family. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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Joy is dead. Joy, with her quick smile, her honey brown skin, her bright spirit. Joy, the "God-sent child" of childless, God-fearing Baby Palatine. Baby Palatine recalls how she mothered the neglected little girl, loved her, and watched her rise from the ghetto with her sisters to fame as a singer. But when she joins the remaining sisters at Joy's funeral, she discovers that there was a Joy she didn't know, one whose chic apartment hid drug abuse, blackmail, and other dark secrets. Baby Palatine's final reunion with the sisters ends with blood sprayed across the suede sofa. Hunt is a classically trained actress who gained some notoriety of her own as the mother of Mick Jagger's first child; this is her first novel. Flashy, sordid, and peopled with cliched characters, it calls to mind a sort of Valley of the Dolls with black characters. Indeed, the book will appeal most to readers of works like Jacqueline Susann's. Buy only to meet demand. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/90.
- Maurice Taylor, Brunswick Cty. Lib., Southport, N.C.
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Joy, who rose from poverty by forming a Supremes-like singing group with her sisters, is eulogized by the loving woman who raised her and by her less admiring family. According to PW , first-novelist Hunt "still has much to master in her craft: her grasp of African American vernacular is engaging but uneven, and the swarming plot seems a cross between Rebecca and Dreamgirls ."
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