Today is no ordinary day for thirty-eight-year-old Lanita
Lightfoot. Today represents the culmination of years of struggle
and sacrifice. Today she graduates from college. But first,
Lanita's husband treats her to a day of beauty at an upscale black
salon in Los Angeles, during which she shares her story with the
staff and the other customers-and what a story it is. . .
Talk about an entrance. Lanita was born in a little corner store in
the thick of the Watts riots. Her untimely entry into the world
saved the joint from being sacked by looters-and the shop owner
showed his gratitude by giving Lanita's mother, Aretha, a decade of
rent-free residence. But when the reward dries up and Aretha takes
to the bottle and a no-good loser boyfriend, Lanita's life takes a
sharp turn for the worse. Forced to live in a cramped, dingy
apartment, Lanita longs for her real daddy to ride to the rescue.
But when he finally shows up, she finds he isn't quite the knight
she's dreamed of.
Still, Lanita is determined to make something of herself. A
straight-A student throughout high school, she is accepted to
Howard University in Washington, D.C., and marvels that she's
finally escaped the ghetto. As Lanita embarks on the journey of
becoming a woman, she encounters icons including Michael Jackson
and Todd Bridges, who help transform her perception of her own
life. But one year short of graduation, she must return to Los
Angeles to care for the ailing Aretha-an unpleasant reality that
leads her to join in a sordid West Hollywood strip club and farther
away from her dreams-until the fateful night her high school heart
throb shows up at the club and shows her that the easy money she
makes comes with a high price.
The bestselling author of The Night Before Thirty," " Tajuana "TJ"
Butler delivers one of her most richly imagined, complex, and
beloved characters yet-and delves into the void that many young
women spend their lifetime trying to fill: the one left by a
"From the Hardcover edition."
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