The Blackbirds (Paperback)
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New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey, whose characters The Atlantic calls “bold, smart women oozing sexuality and vulnerability” introduces an unbreakable quartet of friends looking for love in this delectable romance.
They call themselves the Blackbirds. Kwanzaa Browne, Indigo Abdulrahaman, Destiny Jones, and Ericka Stockwell are four best friends who are closer than sisters and will go to the ends of the earth for one another. Yet even their deep bond can’t heal all wounds from their individual pasts, as the collegiate and post-collegiate women struggle with their own demons, drama, and desires.
Trying to forget her cheating ex-fiancé, Kwanzaa becomes entangled with a wicked one-night stand—a man who turns out to be one in five million. Indigo is in an endless on-again, off-again relationship with her footballer boyfriend, and in her time between dysfunctional relationships she pursues other naughty desires. Destiny, readjusting to normal life, struggles to control her own anger after avenging a deep wrong landed her in juvi, while at the same time trying to have her first real relationship—one she has initiated using an alias to hide her past from her lover. Divorced Ericka is in remission from cancer and trying to deal with two decades of animosity with her radical mother while keeping secret the desperate crush she has always had on Destiny’s father...a passion with an older man that just may be reciprocated.
As the women try to overcome—or give in to—their impulses, they find not only themselves tested but also the one thing they always considered unbreakable: their friendship.
About the Author
Eric Jerome Dickey (1961–2021) was the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels, as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. His novel Sister, Sister was honored as one of Essence’s “50 Most Impactful Black Books of the Last 50 Years,” and A Wanted Woman won the NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in 2014. His most recent novels include The Blackbirds, Finding Gideon, Bad Men and Wicked Women, Before We Were Wicked, The Business of Lovers, and The Son of Mr. Suleman.
Praise for The Blackbirds
“An epic story about an epic quartet [of friends].”—Essence
“In this sensual tale, words stoke the body and the imagination. With prose that is both witty and current, Dickey chronicles the pothole-filled journey four modern black women take to find love.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Dickey...once again stirs a juicy mix of steamy sexuality with soap-opera drama...fans will be pleased to recognize characters from the author's previous novels.”—Library Journal
“[An] empowering story of four women friends.... [featuring] relatable voices and feelings to difficult issues.”—Booklist
“Sure to get your blood boiling (in a good way).”—USAToday.com's Happily Ever After
“Eric Jerome Dickey is about the best novelist going right now in terms of writing about romance and sex from the woman’s perspective. And The Blackbirds proves to be no exception.”—Electric Review
More Praise for Eric Jerome Dickey
“Dickey’s fans flock to his readings....He’s perfected an addictive fictional formula.”—The New York Times
“Dickey has the knack for creating characters who elicit both rage and sympathy.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Eric Jerome Dickey’s work is a master class in Black joy....[his] characters—bold, smart women oozing sexuality and vulnerability—navigate interpersonal conflicts using dialogue that crackles with authenticity.”—The Atlantic