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Contributor: Sheila Auguste
SISTAS ON A VIBE

The smart sister are black Londoners. Ronnie - married with a young daughter, Jhelisa - is finding it hard to give up the clubbing and the rave scene, much to her husband Cameron?s disgust. Paula Smart is the archetypal buppie. She works in a high profile accountancy firm and has a fiancee who is also an accountant. She wears designer clothes and lives in an expensively decorated flat in up market Belsize Park, ?sandwiched between trendy Camden and affluent Hampstead. Dawn Smart is the youngest, at twenty five she still lives at home with her mum Shirley.
The novel is about the challenges the three women face to become who they truly want to be. Ronnie has to choose between a husband and child and being a top DJ. In one of the most telling incidents, Cameron has decided to make his peace with her after weeks of non-communication, she gives up an evening out at a club to stay with him after an evening spent talking and then making love, yet she cannot get her mind off the club where he would rather be. For Paula, the conflict starts when she meets a man that she feels strongly attracted to and she has to rethink her value systems. By the end of the novel she is on her way to being a much more sensitive and understanding person. Ronnie and Paula are both ambitious women, Dawn who is often caught in the middle of their eternal warfare is very different. All she wants to do is settle down with her man in their own place. She too has a lot to go through by the end of the novel.
Sistas On A Vibe is a really entertaining easy read with lots of very amusing one liners and an authentic reproduction of different aspects of black lives in London. It is by no means an issues based novel. It does not beat you about the head on such issues as racism, sexism, infidelity and employment, but it incorporates those issues into the story. It?s not meant to be great literature - it?s a mostly light-hearted look at the Smart sisters? lives although it does have it?s serious moments and it does what it sets out to do very well for what I assume to be is a first novel.

Condensed from a review by Sheila Auguste
 
 
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