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Waiting in Vain

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A book by Colin Channer

Representing a figure all too rare in contemporary romance, African American A.J. "Fire" Heath, a sensitive, sophisticated man with a good career, is a major asset to this appealing first novel by short-story writer Channer. Fire's combination of good … see full wiki

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Author: Colin Channer
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
1 review about Waiting in Vain

Sensual, realistic, great imagery, great!

  • Jan 13, 2000
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I can't believe I have had this book since August and just read this past week! The majority of the reviews I see agree with my opinion that this was a great book. As for those few who disagree, well you can't please everyone. Mr. Channer has captured the culture of the thirty-somethings of educated, middle-class people of African descent who live in the States, Jamaica and London. The characters were multi-dimensional and realistic. Fire was a some kind of man and while I didn't always like Sylvia, I was sympathetic to her character. This book got to the root of how our past and environment of our child affects what we carry over into our adulthood. As to what makes this book different from the so called "pop fizz" fiction and run-of-the-mill relationships stories is the depth to which the characters are drawn and therefore entices the reader to think intelligently about issues such as class structures among Blacks, moral dilemnas, and friendships. It even makes us think about the why of relationships. Not to mention the sensual poetry. The letter Fire wrote to Sylvia from Jamaica was my favorite. I applaud Mr. Channer on this book and look forward to more of his writing.

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