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Brothers and Sisters

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,359 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
"This book is about succeedingand survivingeven being happy, in a society where every card seems stacked against you. If this is a fair world, Bebe Moore Campbell will be remembered as the most important African-American novelist of this centuryexcept for, maybe, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin."—Carolyn See, Washington Post Book Review
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Berkley (first published 1994)
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mark monday
Mar 06, 2012 mark monday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Campbell knocked it out of the park with the wonderfully empathetic, unsentimental, and moving Your Blues Ain't Like Mine... sad to say, she struck out with this sad affair. assorted bathetic shenanigans and sundry soap operatic histrionics fail to coalesce into anything worthwhile; about as striking and interesting as dishwater.
Navidad Thelamour
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Bebe Moore Campbell’s Brothers and Sisters, originally published by Putnam in 1994* in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating, is a true testament to what I wish we could see more of on bestseller lists today. Published during an era of growing racial tensions (though what era doesn’t have that?) and political outspokenness through hip-hop music, this novel brought to life the realities of bein
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Deborah
Jun 28, 2014 Deborah rated it did not like it
I don't understand all the praise. This book is awful. Flat, stereotyped characters. Jerky timelines and POV's that switch suddenly and clumsily. I keep having to backtrack to check where we are in time and whose head we're in. How exactly do you smack yourself in the head so hard that it "reverberates in the empty room" (that we've already been told isn't empty) or tremble so hard somebody can't hold on to you? Take a minute and picture those things, seriously. Hamfisted, overdramatic, contrive ...more
Riya
Jan 08, 2016 Riya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The L.A. riots. Most people on the west coast at least probably remember them pretty vividly. I was just a kid. A white kid who had just moved back from Mexico and was shocked by this thing called racism. Not that there isn't prejudice south of the border, but it was never anything like this. I felt weird in my own skin, where I had been a minority before (in number only- there were never any negative consequences to this) now I was part of the majority- an ugly majority that even as a child mad ...more
Joe
Feb 16, 2011 Joe rated it really liked it
Bebe Moore Campbell delivers sooooo much with this book. Even though it's a lot of book to read; it never falters and you even want more at the end. The way Campbell effortlessly tackles so many themes and draws readers in to all of these characters is amazing. I would recommend this book to ANYBODY regardless of race or gender. This is also a timeless book as race relations and professional politics will remain relevant. Things kicked into high gear at the end and it was great! I would have rat ...more
Mia
Sep 30, 2012 Mia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a GREAT book it teaches about self-esteem, how men can sometimes have a certain "control" over a womans mind that makes her either believe that she is "worth-it" or not. BROTHERS AND SISTERS touches subjects such as how minorities (Blacks, Hispanics...WOMEN) have a difficult time "moving-up" in the corporate world, especially women and the trials and tribulations they may incur, i.e., having to work twice as hard to prove ones qualifications and hitting the "glass ceiling." There are so ...more
Sonya
Dec 18, 2012 Sonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sonya by: Familiar with her work and wanted to read more
Excellent book, wonderful writer. I was so sad when Bebe Moore Campbell passed away, she was so talented and said what I think a lot of people were afraid to say about race relations in America. This is my story and others as well in a lot of ways and a book that is still relevant to this day! I wish Mrs. Campbell was still with us as I would have loved to see what she would have written post President Obama's election. I like how this book let's no one off the hook and does not cast all the bla ...more
Robyn
Jan 27, 2016 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in L.A. in the aftermath of the 1992 "Rodney King" riots, this story addresses the assumptions, fears and self protective attitudes that roadblock greater interracial communication and understanding.

Few people who did not grow up in an interracial household or deal with somehow straddling two cultures could have such insight. BeBe Campbell Moore, through her characters, respectfully, honestly and compassionately reveals the inner thoughts of people of 3 or 4 races in what I believe to be fa
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Jacq Francois
I did enjoy the settings & themes of the book, but I felt the story progressed way too slow, & at 544 pages, the book could've been shortened of some of the filler. Also, Esther was the epitome of 'angry Black female' & it began to annoy me how cliché her character became. Still, the issues are as relevant now as they were in the book's settings of 1993, and the writing skills of Bebe Moore Campbell are excellent.
Andrea
Mar 31, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was long...and trying to sum it up by theme the closest things I could say was that it was about ambition. What do you want to be, how far do you want to go and what would you do to get there. It doesn't matter what level of education or background the characters had, they all wanted something and were faced with moral dilemas on how to achieve these goals. Some of the character may have been a little sterotyped but most were representative of people I have encountered. This book broug ...more
Abby Frucht
Dec 08, 2014 Abby Frucht rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoyed this book. It's an accessible, entertaining, smart, fun read that openly addresses racism and sexism in the white collar workplace. It was published in 1994; I can only hope that the situations it describes with so much wit and passion are at least in part no longer current.
Ruth
May 25, 2010 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
544 pages. Donated 2010 May.

Brothers and Sisters is set in the white-hot center of racially troubled Los Angeles, still healing from the deep scars of riot, violence, and suspicion. At the story's heart is Esther Jackson, an African-American who has built a promising career at a downtown bank. When a black man is hired as a senior vice-president, Esther is heartened - until his interest in a white officer at the bank percolates into sexual harassment. Esther is forced to choose between commitmen
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Ebony Jones-Kuye
Aug 29, 2015 Ebony Jones-Kuye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book which shows a professional African-American woman having to prove herself in the corporate world but still wanting to loved!
Cassandra Collins
Bebe Moore Campbell describes compassionately the complex difficulties when those of different races want to be friends. Superb story teller!
Molly
Apr 27, 2016 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love her books....just thought about them today and am probably due for a reread, as I think I read them in the 90s
Michelle
Mar 14, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommended this book to a friend who now uses it in her college race relations course. Her students are lucky. This is not the type of "textbook" I got when I was in school. The author, Bebe Moore Campbell, reveals the fears and hopes of people caught in a web of shrinking opportunities and institutionalized stereotypes in Los Angeles during the aftermath of the Rodney King beating. It's hard to put this one down so put your tea on your nightstand and get yourself comfy while you escape deep ...more
Shawnya Mccollum
I read this book years ago and it was very good.
Rachel
Mar 10, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book. Set in the time of the riots after the Rodney King/Reginald Denney beatings. What is interesting is that Esther continually feels the racism at work and in life due to her skin color yet she is also racist against her own boyfriend. She does not feel Tyrone is good enough because he is a postal worker. Each character has its own prejudices which is what occurs in real life. Really liked this book.
This was my first Bebe Moore Campbell book. I look forward to reading more f
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Tynece
I really don't know what to rate this book.......
Daisha
Jun 16, 2012 Daisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This was an excellent book! It is a must-read for anyone in corporate America or any working person, for that matter. It is very insightful about race wars and cultural differences, allowing the reader to think about situations from more than one angle. However, it is not biased towards any ethnic group. I enjoyed this book thoroughly but it left me wondering what became of Lakeesha & King. I think I know...
Jacqueline
Mar 19, 2007 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: fiction
From Publisher's Weekly:
Campbell's intriguing (if not always three-dimensional) cast of characters reveal the fears and hopes of people caught in a web of shrinking opportunities and institutionalized stereotypes of race, class and gender. Adroitly using the great racial divide of Los Angeles, this absorbing novel explores the intricacies of experience, knowledge and bias which perpetuate inequalities and segregated lives.
Nikki C.
Very thought provoking book, especially for women in corporate america. However, the book was too long and took too long to tell a rather non-complex story. But, I did enjoy it.
Jaime
Jul 26, 2008 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book about 13-15 years ago, I think....I remember really liking it though. At the time I was zipping through Terry McMillan's novels, which I also enjoyed, and I thought she had a fresh voice and perspective. I need to re-read this, but I have bought it as a gift for younger cousins etc -- good for older teenagers.
Roy
I happened to be in the process of reading Brothers and Sisters when I encountered Bebe Moore Campbell at the annual Harlem Book Fair several years back, so this is one of the few books I own that is autographed by the author. Not so much a review as a useless tidbit of information. :-)
Brian
Jan 07, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read. Set in the Rodney King verdict-era Los Angeles, the author fills the banking world (an interesting choice) with complex characters both Black and White. The author's voice is neither unrealistic nor condescending - at least from a white reader's perspective.
Charu Gupta
Aug 02, 2007 Charu Gupta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About racial tensions after the LA Riots. Easy-to-read story with somewhat overdone characters. Enjoyable and thought-provoking as you think about the cycles of discrimination and violence that feed back again and again, despite efforts to look past prejudice.
Teresa
May 30, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story had all the anguish of my growing up period with black friends--what to say and what to do to not cause distress on either side and balance what I was hearing from my grandfather inside my own family. It's certainly an anthem of our time--my time.
Lora
Jan 02, 2011 Lora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the voices of the young professional women she portrayed. It helped to have her put words to ideas and simplify some of the gender and race issues so I cam better discuss and address them. This was also just a great story!
Gail
May 31, 2008 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Gail by: Local Librarian
Shelves: worth-reading
I have to admit that this one made me a little bit glad to be the only chid of only children, but I can also sincerely say that Ms. Campbell Moore gave me reason to appreciate the effort it takes to live and love your family.
Mel
Sep 29, 2008 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bebe Moore Campbell is a favorite author. I enjoyed how this book looked at racism from all sides- you become so enthralled in the lives of her characters. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, though.
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Bebe Moore Campbell (February 18, 1950 – November 27, 2006), was the author of three New York Times bestsellers, Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir, and What You Owe Me, which was also a Los Angeles Times "Best Book of 2001". Her other works include the novel Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the winner of the NAACP Image Award for ...more
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