Synopses & Reviews
One of E. Lynn Harris's incomparable heroines, Yancey Harrington Braxton, is working her way back to Broadway and beyond. And this diva supreme always stirs up drama in and out of the spotlight....
New York City, you've been warned: Yancey Harrington Braxton is back. The ambitious singer and actress is fired up to move past her recent professional and personal setbacks -- including an explosive romance with NFL tight end John Basil Henderson -- and prove her talents are stronger than ever. After being out on tour, Yancey realizes what she really wants is to star in her own reality TV series, and she's even found a rich and well-connected lover to make it happen. There are, however, two women fierce enough to derail Yancey's plans with ambitions of their own: Madison B., a hot new bombshell taking the music industry by storm, and Ava Middlebrooks, who happens to be Yancey's own mama dearest.
Ava is out, about, and ready to reclaim her throne. Not even a stint in prison for attempted murder has curbed Ava's competitive nature, and it doesn't faze her in the least that her #1 rival is her own daughter. Ava is willing to do whatever it takes to make Yancey pay, including using Madison B. to turn Yancey's world upside-down by forcing her to confront the past...and making her comeback dreams more exciting and dangerous than she ever imagined.
Taking readers on a wild, passion-filled tour of the entertainment world, E. Lynn Harris's Mama Dearest delivers sensual thrills and electric plot twists -- with one unforgettable woman of radiant star power, sexual magnetism, and unapologetic ambition at the heart of the action.
"Yancey Harrington Braxton returns in bestseller E. Lynn Harris's (A Love of My Own) sadly last novel (the author died in July) for another sex and betrayal filled romp. Diva Yancey, fast fading into Z-list territory, is nearly broke and acting in a traveling production of Dreamgirls, reprising her role in the original theater production with a bunch of hacks. Then she meets and is immediately impressed by wealthy S. Marcus Pinkston, who wants to produce a reality TV show he claims will rejuvenate her career. Simultaneously, Yancey's mother, Ava, is released from prison with a devious plan for revenge. And when Ava's on the scene, it means deception, trickery and the revelation of Yancey's innermost secrets. Throw in some ex-lovers along with Madison, the daughter Yancy gave up years ago who's now back on the scene as her mother's major show biz competitor, and ride the wave of high drama to Yancey's redemption and ultimate happiness. Nobody ever said entertainment had to be plausible." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
E. Lynn Harris is the author of eleven previous novels and the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. His recent novels Basketball Jones, Just Too Good To Be True, I Say A Little Prayer, A Love of My Own, and Any Way the Wind Blows have hit bestseller list including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other publications. Harris divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia and Fayetteville, Arkansas.
From a "New York Times"-bestselling author comes the highly-anticipated return of diva supreme Yancey Harrington Braxton, one of Harris's most popular characters, in a story of sex, secrets, and betrayal.
E. Lynn Harris has wowed millions of readers with his signature blend of complex drama and undeniable heart that permeates his novels. Recently included on Ebony
’s “Most Intriguing Blacks” list, and Savoy
’s “100 Leaders and Heroes in Black America,” the award-winning Harris returns with another sure-fire winner in Mama Dearest
—an irresistible tale featuring the incomparable heroine who first appeared in Not a Day Goes By
and Any Way the Wind Blows
, two of Harris’s most popular and bestselling novels.
Ambitious singer, actress, and Broadway bombshell Yancey Harrington Braxton is on top of the world when the sudden reappearance of a long-lost daughter turns her world upside down. But when Yancey learns that her daughter wishes to follow in her mother’s dramatic footsteps, she begins to make peace with the past she’s struggled to keep hidden. A sweeping novel about mothers and daughters, secrets and lies, Mama Dearest will capture and enchant audiences everywhere.
About the Author
E. Lynn Harris, a #1 national and New York Times bestselling author, wrote twelve acclaimed novels including Basketball Jones, Just Too Good to Be True, and I Say a Little Prayer. There are more than four million copies of his novels in print. He died in 2009 at the age of 54. Visit elynnharris.com.