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Virginia DeBerry was a successful plus-size model, former Vice President of BB/LW modeling agency and served as editor-in-chief of Maxima magazine before becoming a novelist. DeBerry is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. She currently resides in central New Jersey. Donna Grant spent more than a decade as a model for catalogs and advertisements. Grant has been featured on the pages of Essence, McCalls, Family Circle, and Woman's Day, as well as appeared on Good Morning America, and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee. Grant served as the Managing Editor of Maxima before her writing career. A Brooklyn native, she is a graduate of New York University and still lives in the borough with her husband.


Patricia Reid and Gayle Saunders, the two African-American women who overcame personal and profession obstacles through hard work and enduring friendship in Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made (1997), return for a sequel guaranteed to tug at readers' heartstrings. Once homeless and now raising her daughter, Vanessa, alone, Gayle is the creative force behind the Ell Crawford phenomenon that began with children's books and is about to launch into toy merchandising. Gayle's best friend and business partner, Pat, brings savvy to their business, being the practical one since kindergarten, where they met. While Gayle deals with a rebellious teenager, self-doubt and bulimia, Pat turns to a sympathetic colleague for affection as husband Marcus is distracted by a manipulative 16-year-old named Tiffani Alexander, who claims to be the progeny of a long-ago fling. Meanwhile, Vanessa moves in with her troublesome boyfriend. Success and problems the friends (temporarily) can't bring themselves to talk about threaten to pull Gayle and Pat apart. The authors, themselves longtime friends, take on with gusto the pitfalls of modern life, friendships and entrepreneurship. Women especially will enjoy spending time with Pat and Gayle. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

DeBerry and Grant, Essence best-selling coauthors and self-described best friends for 25 years, have written a sequel to Tryin' To Sleep in the Bed You Made (1997), picking up the story of best friends Patricia Reid and Gayle Saunders ten years later. Financially successful and running a company together, Pat and Gayle now struggle with personal issues they're ashamed to tell each other. Goal-oriented Pat realizes she and busy husband Marcus are living parallel lives; she's toying with the idea of an affair. Secretly binging and purging to relieve anxiety, Gayle worries most about her headstrong teenage daughter, Vanessa. The novel's main characters are African American, but universal issues of family, self, pride, and shame-rather than race-are the focus. Frequent references to events of the first book will refresh readers' memories and catch up newcomers. With no graphic sex scenes or swearing, this tale about girlfriends going through tough times will likely appeal most to women aged 30 and over. Recommended for women's fiction collections, especially where Pearl Cleage is popular.-Laurie A. Cavanaugh, Brockton P.L., MA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"A breathtaking read..." -- Connie Briscoe, New York Times bestselling author
"DeBerry and Grant are back with another dazzling story of friendship, family, and the ebbs and flows we all face along the journey of life." -- E. Lynn Harris, New York Times bestselling author of I Say a Little Prayer
"An absolute treat." -- New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe

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