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The Shirt Off His Back.

The Shirt Off His Back by Parry Brown Strivers Row Paperback, January 2001, $13.95, ISBN 0-375-75659-0

Single father, Terry Winston is thriving in both his personal and professional life. His loving girlfriend faithfully supports him in all he does. His longtime friend, Roland, never leaves his side. He has been blessed with an extended family that instinctively steps in to give each other what they need, when they need it.

Terry's perfect world is shattered when Catherine, the mother of his twin girls, reappears and demands custody of the children. It has been years since Catherine's last contact with the girls and Terry is convinced that she has ulterior motives. Terry fights Catherine's attempt to gain custody in a battle that threatens to destroy the bond he has with his daughters. As the fight between the parents grows dirty, the reader is introduced to the secret demons lurking in each character's closet.

Debut novelist Parry Brown has weaved a story that overflows with positive black role models. The bonds of family and friendship are stretched to their limits, but never falter. All of the familiar dysfunctional black family stereotypes are shattered within the pages of this novel. It is an animated, heartwarming look into the life of single parenthood and all of its trials.

Kimberley White is a contemporary romance author and founder of Kimberley's Critiques.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:White, Kimberley
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 2001
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