Synopses & Reviews
"Heralded by the press and millions of theatergoers for his eleven wildly popular musical stage plays, five-time NAACP award-winning playwright David E. Talbert leaps onto the publishing scene with his debut novel, a big-hearted story about friendship, family, and the relentless pursuit of love. "
"Baggage Claim" gives you a first-class peek into the wacky world of Montana Moore, a thirty-five-year-old flight attendant with enough baggage from her past relationships to fill an entire Samsonite showroom. Montana is an incurable romantic. A dreamer. The kind of woman who has her head in the clouds while her heart splatters swiftly to the ground.
With her mother having just tied the knot for a record-breaking fourth time and her baby sister, Sheree, rushing to jump the broom, five-time maid of honor Montana is dangerously close to becoming not only the oldest, but the only woman in her entire family never to be married.
Having convinced herself that there's no way in heaven or hell she's showing up at her sister's Christmas Eve engagement party without a prospect of her own, Montana concocts her wildest and most romantically ridiculous plan yet: a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile trek in search of a husband.
Will it be Damon Diesel, a young hip-hop producer whose motto is "Making the green scream and the dolla holla!"? Or will she win over the Reverend Curtis P. Merewether, pastor and founder of Greater House of Deliverance, Tabernacle of Praise, Worship, and Miracles? Of course Langston Jefferson Battle III, superattorney turned city councilman, needs a wife now that his sights are set on the United States Congress. Or perhaps her lifelong mate is Quinton Jamison, a multimillionaire textile guru twenty years her senior. Only time -- or the lack of it -- will tell.
Fasten your seat belts, lift your tray tables up, and prepare for takeoff. Our final destination: THE ALTAR!
The multiple award-winning writer hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most prolific theatre makers in America" makes his publishing debut with a captivating, big-hearted romantic comedy that speaks to the sensibilities of African-American women everywhere. The Washington Post calls David E. Talbert "a playwriting wunderkind." The Miami Herald compares his work to "a Terry McMillan novel, " and Essence praises Talbert for "virtually reinventing theatre for an often overlooked segment of the African-American population." Now this supremely gifted writer makes a savvy and spirited fiction debut with the story of a woman who has thirty days and 30,000 miles to find one husband. Montana Moore, a flight attendant, has one recurring fantasy: walking down the aisle with that paragon of male perfection--wherever he may be. With her mother about to tie the knot for a fourth go-round, and her baby sister rushing to jump the broom, three-time maid of honor Montana is ready to make a big change. So she's off on the adventure of her life: A quest for a man who can satisfy her emotionally, spiritually, sexually, and financially. With its colorful cast of larger-than-life characters and winning blend of comedy, sensuality, and spirituality, Baggage Claim tells a heartwarming and hilarious tale of a woman struggling to lose the baggage of her past by claiming her future. Praise for David E. Talbert:
About the Author
Labeled by the press and his many fans as "The People's Playwright," David E. Talbert
has written, directed, and produced eleven blockbuster stage plays that have broken box-office attendance records from New York to Los Angeles. His critically acclaimed stage plays include: Mr. Right Now; His Woman, His Wife; He Say, She Say...But What Does God Say?; The Fabric of a Man;
and Love Makes Things Happen.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Lyn Talbert.For more information on the work of David E. Talbert, log on to www.davidetalbert.com