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A Taste of Reality
by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Category: Fiction / General
400 pages; ISBN: 0060505672

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


A Taste of Reality
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Avon, Mar 2004, $13.95
ISBN: 0060505672

In the Chicago area, Anise believes she lives the perfect yuppie life. She has a loving marriage to pharmaceutical executive David and a rewarding human resources job. However, when she is passed over for a promotion in her department by someone with much less experience and education then her, she begins to question her assessment of her life. Anise feels she is a victim of either racial or gender discrimination since she has three years HR experience and an MBA while the selected person has no HR experience and an undergraduate degree. However, he had the most important criteria: white male.

David wants her to forget work and discrimination to concentrate on starting a family. Though hurt by his cavalier attitude about her career, Anise becomes even more disappointed as she also realizes that David is having an affair probably during his frequent business trips. Ignoring her broken heart instead of seeking family bliss, she decides to prove to her boss he made a mistake.

In many ways Anise is a modern day African American female equivalent to Job as almost overnight her idyllic life turns into a series of modern day trials testing her heart and soul and at times overwhelms the audience. Anise is a superb protagonist confronted with job discrimination, a cheating spouse, and her best friend with her own troubles and agenda that harm the heroine further. Fans will root for Anise to stay her course though everyone pressures her to quit, but the key to this terrific plot is the deft handling of job discrimination that showcases the talent of Kimberla Lawson Roby to entertain while focusing on a real issue.

Harriet Klausner


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