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ISBN13: 9780345499066
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Publisher Comments:

“A wonderful, jazzy, exciting read.”

-Nikki Giovanni, author of Acolytes

Broke and burned-out from grad school, Shay Dixon does the unthinkable after receiving a “vision” from her de facto spiritual adviser, blues singer Nina Simone. She phones Nona, the mother she had all but written off, asking if she can come home for a while.

When Shay was growing up, Nona was either drunk, hungover, or out with her latest low-life guy. So Shay barely recognizes the new Nona, now sober and with a positive outlook on life, a love of gardening, and a toddler named Sunny. Though reconciliation seems a hard proposition for Shay, something unmistakable is taking root inside her, waiting to blossom like the morning glories opening up in Nonas garden sanctuary.

Soon Shay finds herself facing exciting possibilities and even her first real romantic relationship. But when an unexpected crisis hits, even the wise words and soulful melodies of Nina Simone may not be enough for solace. Shay begins to realize that, like orange mint and honey, sometimes life tastes better when bitter is followed by sweet.

“Carleen Brice has woven her talent for storytelling into a funny, sad, and perceptive novel that speaks to all of us who navigate less-than-perfect relationships with our parents or children.”

-Elyse Singleton, author of This Side of the Sky

“Brice deftly shows the importance and joy of understanding our past and not only forgiving those who hurt us, but loving them in spite of that hurt. Readers of Terry McMillan and Bebe Moore Campbell will find a new writer to watch.”

-Judy Merrill Larsen, author of All the Numbers

Review:

"In Brice's accomplished debut, African-American Shay Dixon, a burnt-out grad student, has a 'visitation/fantasy/fever dream' featuring Nina Simone, the high priestess of soul, who counsels Shay to 'go home.' To do that, she must face Nona, the drunken failure of a mother she's not spoken to in seven years and blames for a harrowing childhood that left her emotionally scarred. Still, she takes Nina's advice, heads home to Denver and discovers that Nona's now an A.A. member with a good job, a lovely home and an adorable three-year-old girl, Sunny, Shay's half-sister. Their reconciliation is complicated by Shay's stubborn anger, Nona's A.A. sponsorship of a troubled young woman and Shay's sexual awakening. Brice's straightforward prose is dead-on in describing the challenges Shay and her mother face as they reconnect." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Broke and burned out, Shay Dixon reaches out to the one person she had all but written off (and swore she would never become): her mother. An exquisite new novel about mothers, daughters, and forgiveness.

Synopsis:

This haunting, exquisitely written story about mothers and daughters and the power of healing and forgiveness marks the stunning debut of a new novelist.

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Carissa13, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by Carissa13)
I COULD NOT put this book down from the moment I started it... so much so that I just HAD to read it in the car on the 10 minute ride to our family's annual apple picking event at a local orchard. Following the day's festivities, I settled in to read, only to discover that I had misplaced the book (and it was a library book at that!). I literally searched for DAYS, even began stalking the author, Carleen Brice, online, "friending" her on facebook and whining to her about my loss and misfortune. One day I glanced quickly at an area on my bookshelf and THERE IT WAS, tucked away, just waiting for me to find it. I grabbed it, read it straight through to the end and now plan to host a "watch party" for the TV Movie on LMN in February. Not much of a review, more like a rant from a huge fan!!
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Laurie Blum, March 1, 2008 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
"Orange Mint and Honey" by Carleen Brice could also be titled "Forgiveness," which to me is the central theme in this novel. The author in her debut book discusses close friendships that may have shifted since attending college, the challenges & delicate balancing act of motherhood, sibling relationships & more issues including alcoholism/treatment that will provide many hours of discussion in our book review clubs.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345499066
Author:
Brice, Carleen
Publisher:
One World
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Reconciliation
Subject:
General
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.92x5.20x.71 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages One World - English 9780345499066 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Brice's accomplished debut, African-American Shay Dixon, a burnt-out grad student, has a 'visitation/fantasy/fever dream' featuring Nina Simone, the high priestess of soul, who counsels Shay to 'go home.' To do that, she must face Nona, the drunken failure of a mother she's not spoken to in seven years and blames for a harrowing childhood that left her emotionally scarred. Still, she takes Nina's advice, heads home to Denver and discovers that Nona's now an A.A. member with a good job, a lovely home and an adorable three-year-old girl, Sunny, Shay's half-sister. Their reconciliation is complicated by Shay's stubborn anger, Nona's A.A. sponsorship of a troubled young woman and Shay's sexual awakening. Brice's straightforward prose is dead-on in describing the challenges Shay and her mother face as they reconnect." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Broke and burned out, Shay Dixon reaches out to the one person she had all but written off (and swore she would never become): her mother. An exquisite new novel about mothers, daughters, and forgiveness.
"Synopsis" by , This haunting, exquisitely written story about mothers and daughters and the power of healing and forgiveness marks the stunning debut of a new novelist.
"Synopsis" by , US
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