Do Unto Others

By Kristin Hunter Lattany

Zena (short for Zenobia) Lawson honors all issues African--art, tradition, background. So while fortune palms her a twenty-year-old Nigerian woman short of transitority housing, in fact Zena and her husband Lucius leap on the likelihood to aid. To Zena, Ifa Olongo is an unique attractiveness with sufficient haughtiness and charm for 3 royal households. let alone the daughter she by no means had. yet as Zena's ally Vy retains reminding her, Ifa is not any girl--she's a tender lady with risky curves that any guy might simply like to skid his tires across.

But Zena, a former glamour queen herself, has difficulties distinguishing among glitter and genuine gold. For Ifa's identify skill life--and she'll collect it . . . in any respect necessary.

The ever-widening hole among Africans and African-Americans--and the robust yet precarious hyperlink that bridges it . . . The unforeseen peril of romanticizing our roots--and the foreigners who signify them . . . the significance of taking good care of others--without sacrificing oneself . . . Kristin Hunter Lattany weaves those components right into a novel crackling with wit, intelligence, and mischief, and takes political correctness and Afrocentricity and turns them the other way up.

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Please do what you could to assist your negative daughter, Ifa good in fact. She was once a criminal; the place else might she turn out yet penitentiary? My righteous indignation lasts approximately 5 mins. Then I start to think unhappy approximately Ifa’s destiny, and deeply sorry for her. “I couldn’t support examining this,” I inform Lucius while he will get domestic. He seems to be down on the piece of paper, then at me, looking my face for clues to my emotions. “She’s out,” he says eventually. “I referred to as Congressman Miller, and he prepared it. ” “Did it expense us whatever? ” “A little,” he admits. “Double the standard crusade contribution. yet customarily I owe the social gathering loads of paintings. you recognize the deal. ” i know. there'll be conferences and speeches and parades, fund-raising events and dances and low clutches. i'm going to do my half. it is going to tire me out, however it will carry the 2 folks nearer jointly. “Where is she now? ” My husband hesitates, then says, “The final I heard, she used to be in Boston, operating in a nursing domestic. She merely known as as soon as. I instructed her to not name right here anymore. i'm hoping she remains out of difficulty. ” i am going outdoor and stroll round, attempting to come to a decision how i think approximately this information. i'm steamed approximately my husband’s secrecy, yet whilst, i'm calm and relieved. For all of her faults, Ifa used to be a part of our kin, and that i care approximately her. i've got usually puzzled what grew to become of her. Like so much immigrants, Ifa suggestion existence was once effortless in the United States. Sheltered and spoiled, she used to be probably not ready to outlive in our global. i am hoping criminal has humbled her, although I wouldn’t want it on someone. Lucius continues to be sitting within the kitchen together with his head down, watching for my response like a defendant waiting for to listen to the worst from the pass judgement on. To my shock, i locate i'm indignant, yet no longer with him or Ifa. “They nonetheless have slavery during this kingdom, don’t they, Lucius? ” I say. “Yes,” he says with countless disappointment. “They didn’t abolish it. they simply moved it to different destinations, like prisons. ” He sighs. “Sometimes i believe americans can’t continue to exist with out slavery, that they're hooked on it. ” I pause to take in this miserable details. “Well, I’m completely happy you were given her out,” I say ultimately. “We’re having turkey meat loaf this night. not more flooring poultry. do you need string beans with it, or salad? ” “Salad,” he says. “Somehow I don’t have an urge for food for string beans instantaneously. ” Neither do I. it may well be decades prior to i would like to consume string beans back.

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