By Damon Wayans
Meet Alma, a mom and spouse, who’s brutally sincere and sour. sadness and heartbreak have left the as soon as very important and pleased girl so cynical and self-protecting that she has forgotten how you can love an individual, together with herself. She has turn into so acquainted with being green with envy of her husband, James, that even if she desires to exhibit him love she doesn’t understand how. He made a few errors over the process their decades-long marriage, yet she made a few blunders, too, which alienated not just her husband yet associates and acquaintances in addition. Deep down she is sorry for what occurred and nonetheless loves Harold, yet obdurate delight eats away the quick time they've got left to make amends. whilst she reveals herself widowed with grown youngsters in far away areas, a deep loneliness units in and she or he starts off to renounce on existence. that's till a bunch of purple hat ladies—whom she as soon as considered belonging to a cult—extend fingers of friendship and reintroduce her to herself and, almost certainly, a brand new love. during this debut novel, Wayans has crafted unforgettable characters in Alma, her kinfolk, and associates, and an enthralling tale that remains with the reader lengthy after the final web page is learn and reminds us of the iconic strength of affection and friendship.
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Sometimes God allows us to be tested, Momma, but he will never put anything before us that we can’t handle. ” “It’s going to be hard, baby. I’ve been with him for forty-four years. ” “I know,” Angel said as she stroked Alma’s freshly dyed hair. ” “There’s not enough room for you, me, and Fatso in that house. ” They both laughed. ” “I’m going to stay right here. I’ll be fine. It will take some time, but your momma is strong. My daddy didn’t raise no punks,” Alma joked. “I’ll be fine. ” chapter five A week had passed since the funeral, and life was hard for Alma with no friends and no routine.
From sunup until sundown, he was in that park. All they did was sit there, drink, and play chess. What was so much fun about that? Wasn’t she fun to him anymore? Her mind drifted back to a hot summer’s day when they’d gone on an overnight getaway to Virginia Beach. M. Adventure got the best of them, along with some Boone’s Farm, and they had found themselves in the pool. They were wearing their street clothes when the notion struck, so they swam in their underwear. The water was warm, and it had aroused Alma with the thrill of breaking the rules with this beautiful man and his lean, muscular frame, who kept kissing the tender spot at the nape of her neck.
He wasn’t as cocky now. ” Harold smiled at her as the plane broke in half. “’Bye, Alma,” he called faintly as a deadly gust of wind and torrential rain jerked him from his seat, tossing him like an empty, worthless husk into the darkness below. “No! ” she begged. Alma attempted to loosen her seat belt to give a free-fall chase, but the latch wouldn’t unlock. She pushed the call button for a stewardess—ping ping ping. Then, in the blink of an eye, she was falling, too. Alma gazed above to the somber sky as it distanced itself from her.