Reading Group Guide Resurrecting Mingus
by Jenoyne Adams
0-684-87352-4; $24.00; The Free Press SUMMARY
Through the voices of three complex characters--a white woman who has devoted her entire adult life to raising a black family; the black man who leaves her, after thirty-five years of marriage, for a younger black woman; and Mingus, their outwardly successful daughter who is caught between them-- Adams tells a story of love, sacrifice, torn loyalties, and gnawing regrets.
A driven lawyer about to turn thirty, Mingus has always been a Daddy's girl, and more comfortable with being black than white. She vows to date black men only, but can't seem to connect with one who wants to settle down. When her father betrays her trust, and her mother confides her greatest fear--that she is being rejected for a black woman--Mingus begins to re-examine her roots. She takes a chance and dates a white man. Then she meets the black man of her dreams--handsome, confident, and eager to start a family. Eric rips through her protective defenses and exposes her need to be loved. But when word gets around that Eric has his secrets as well, Mingus is forced to choose between the man she loves and the truth. After facing a long string of heartaches and betrayals, Mingus finally realizes who she is, what she wants, and how she doesn't need another man to get it.
Dancer, poet, and novelist Jenoyne Adams tells the story of the pain of unraveling