Synopses & Reviews
An uproarious work of social satire by Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal McCrary Anthony, who give us an exclusive peek into the world of super-rich, super-connected African Americans.
Lauren is trying to be an independent woman by starting her own documentary film company, but it's difficult when you're married to Ed Thomas, one of the wealthiest African-American businessmen in the country -- particularly when he seems to have a roving eye. Manny is an up-and-coming gay real estate agent who arrived in Manhattan from Alabama with only the clothes on his back. He's made his way to the top of his profession -- yet he still wants more and is intent on charming his way into riches to keep his gorgeous live-in boyfriend happy. Tandy is one of the powerful "ladies who lunch" until her husband's death reveals his shocking financial problems. Now, she's desperate to reinvent herself and must find a new source of money.
In this compelling first novel, authors Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal McCrary Anthony give us a rare glimpse inside the fashionable and urbane world of New York's chic African-American society and its incumbent scandals, foibles, and skeletons. Gotham Diaries is a gripping novel, filled with fascinating characters and a plot that won't let go.
"Lauren Thomas, Wharton graduate, size-four beauty and rising director on the Style Channel, wants to be admired as herself, not just as the wife of Ed Thomas, billionaire baron of New York African-American society. The authors know whereof they speak, being married, respectively, to filmmaker Spike Lee and former Knicks player and ESPN commentator Greg Anthony. If Stephen Carter was the Henry James of old black money with The Emperor of Ocean Park, the Lee/Anthony team is the Edith Wharton of new black money. As Lauren rises in selfhood, her best friends tumble: Manny Marks, the gay realtor who grew up dirt-poor, and widow Tandy Brooks, who at age 51 is dethroned as the duchess of philanthropy because her despised husband left her in debt. Vicious, funny, juicy, with lots of antic real estate scenes, the story is driven by a plot in which Manny and Tandy collude to swindle Lauren and Ed. The dual authorship sometimes shows at the seams, with Tandy 'cocoa-brown' on one page and 'caramel' on another; dialogue drags, and brand names crowd the pages. But the insider authority carries the day. Agent, Suzanne Gluck at William Morris. (July 7) Forecast: Blurbs from E. Lynn Harris and Henry Louis Gates Jr. demonstrate Lee and Anthony's range (and probably range of acquaintances). This should have a strong start out the gate, with plenty of media attention. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Ambition, Betrayal and Class are the ABCs of this millennium tale of Edith Wharton proportion . . . " (Brian Keith Jackson, author of The Queen of Harlem)
"This titillating debut novel is irresistible; a richly absorbing tale of Manhattan's upper crust, packed with sex, lies and backstabbing . . . " (E. Lynn Harris)
" . . . a poignant and deeply moving exploration of love and intimacy, race and class within the African-American community . . . " (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
A hilarious first novel that provides a peek into the world of the super-rich, super-connected African Americans in Manhattan.
Lauren is trying to be an independent woman, starting her own documentary film company, but it's difficult when you're married to Ed Thomas, one of the wealthiest African-American businessmen in the country--and particularly when he seems to have a roving eye. Manny is an up-and-coming gay real estate agent who arrived in Manhattan from Alabama with only the clothes on his back. He's made his way to the top of his profession--yet he still wants more. Tandy is one of the "ladies who lunch"--but she's desperate to reinvent herself and find a new source of cash flow.
As we follow these three and other characters in this compelling first novel, we see the fascinating world of New York City's upper-crust African American society with all their scandals, foibles and skeletons in the closet revealed.
New York City's upper-crust African-American society--with all its scandals, foibles and skeletons in the closet--is revealed as readers are introduced to three members of this upper echelon.
"Gotham Diaries" is an uproarious work of social satire by Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal McCrary Anthony, who give readers an exclusive peek into the world of super-rich, super-connected African Americans.
About the Author
Tonya Lewis Lee
, along with her husband, filmmaker Spike Lee, is the author of the successful children's book Please Baby Please
, as well as a children's television producer. This is her first adult effort.
Crystal McCrary Anthony is the co-author (with Rita Ewing) of the novel Homecourt Advantage, about the turbulent lives of women married to NBA players. It will be a feature film by Screengem, to be released in Oct. 2004, starring Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union.