Date: August 25, 2003
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African-American Romance [Contemporary, St. Louis, Missouri]
Lynda E. Lukow
Notes: sexual content
Who Has a Heart
Who Has a Heart tells the intertwining stories of three St. Louis
residents, their friends and family.
a mother and teacher, struggles to reclaim her life. Three years
after her husband's death she is still plagued by nightmares in
which Don beckons her to join him. She turns to alcohol and Vince.
an editor and buff brotha, tires of battling memories of Theresa's
husband. During their separation, he comes to terms with his racism,
his sexuality and his distant father.
a nightclub manager and cynic, battles her daughter's father and
an unfaithful lover before she meets David, a Virgin Islands brotha,
who tries to prove not all men are mis-users.
the major characters try to come to terms with their own lives and
loves, readers meet Lainey, who is convinced her husband is gay;
Ray, a nightclub owner with AIDS; Maurice who has just learned his
teenage girlfriend is pregnant; Nikai who believes she loves two
men; and Sheila, the one woman who guides them all.
Who Has a Heart" is a quick-moving, edgy tale that is hard
to set aside. Ms. Powell draws readers into her characters' struggles
in an honest, non-judgmental manner and offers wisdom through her
words. I found the novel entertaining and enlightening: "Anyone
who has a heart will have problems, can be fooled and can fall in
love for all the wrong reasons."