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Till You Hear from Me (West End #4)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  471 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
From the acclaimed Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day . . . and Seen It All and Done the Rest, comes an Obama-era romance featuring a cast of unforgettable characters.

Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty-five-year-old Ida B. Wells Dunbar finds her
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Hardcover, 270 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by One World/Ballantine (first published 2010)
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Gypsy
Jun 17, 2010 Gypsy rated it it was amazing
Okay, hands down, Pearl Cleage is my favorite author of the last few years. I have yet to read anything of hers that wasn’t topnotch. She weaves a story like no one else. I first came to love her writing with What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day and have read and loved every novel she has written since then. Till You Hear from Me is no different.

The protagonist, Ida B., is a strong-willed daddy’s girl that has had a falling out with her Civil Rights legend father, the fictitious Reverend Ho
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Missy Michaels
Mar 15, 2016 Missy Michaels rated it really liked it
This was my first Pearl Cleage book. Unfortunately on page 18 she mentioned a "super nigger". What is that person exactly Ms. Cleage? Did the phrase enhance your writing? I don't think so. This novel is set in Atlanta 2008 and managed to have an Ida B, Flora, Iona and Fannie Lu. Those names were dragged in from the 1940's.
Ida B's chapters were in first person and Wes's chapters were in 3rd person. It made the book read a little strangely for me. Ida was not a dynamic or particularly interesting
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Ashley Teagle
This was the first book that I've read by Pearl Cleage. I thought it was okay. The book is all about politics. Ida, one of the main characters, worked hard to help President Obama get elected, but she doesn't end up with a job at the White House after all. Meanwhile, her father, affectionately known as the Rev, has gone viral in a YouTube clip.

Admittedly, this book did get a good group discussion going about voter rights, confusing voter registration laws, the importance of grassroots campaignin
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Toni
May 11, 2010 Toni rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
My co-workers have heard ad nauseum about how excited I was to read this book. It starts out in D.C. (where I grew up) then moves to the West End neighborhood of Atlanta (where I live now) and even has a minor character named Toni (who is nothing like me, but makes me happy anyway). Thanks, Pearl!


After her estranged father, civil rights pioneer Rev. Horace Dunbar, makes some confusing, disparaging comments about the newly elected president, Ida Dunbar is called home by a family friend to help ge
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Joi
Mar 02, 2014 Joi rated it liked it
This book was good, I give it that. But there were so many things that I disliked about it, that I just could not give it a higher rating. #1. I did not like the language that was continually used in this book. It just seemed like she didn't know any other words. Ex. (her repetition for the word negro. This word did not need to be used as much as it was. Many times, it could have easily been substituted by the word people.) (And she kept using the reference west end. Yes, everyone knows that the ...more
Deanie
Apr 06, 2011 Deanie rated it liked it
Let me start by saying, I LOVE Pearl Cleage writings. So I was surprised and disappointed in this novel. There was not the rich character development I have come to expect or the emotional attachment to one or more of the characters. It felt as if Ms. Cleage wrote this to fulfil a contractual agreement. Even re-visiting old characters did not redeem it for me. While this story may have been more highly rated if done by another writer, for a Pearl Cleage novel it was substandard.
Janeen
Mar 31, 2016 Janeen rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I love Pearl Cleage. But this book, not so much my favorite. I do love how she calls out patriarchy within our world, and also civil rights movements! As with many of her other books, there's a strong sense of community in this book and an under current of doing the right thing (good prevailing). This book was just OK to me. Not super compelling...
Caroline
Mar 26, 2016 Caroline rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-prose
The way this book started, I thought it was going to be a romance, with the amoral rogue being redeemed by the sensible heroine who appreciates the community they both come from so that he learns to love it too. This was not that, which means that the never redeemed rogue was mostly a cartoon villain. The parts from the heroine's point of view were much better, with a look at an interesting (if somewhat Utopian, by the book's own design) community + the generational conflict between her & he ...more
Columbus
May 19, 2010 Columbus rated it really liked it
Another really good novel from Pearl Cleage! Simply-plotted, post-2008 election novel based in Atlanta's West End area. Pearl knows her audience well and does a fine job with this tale. Hope there's a sequel!
Petula Darling
Jul 25, 2012 Petula Darling rated it liked it
Shelves: series
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, and if it weren't for the one-dimensional mustache-twirling villain I'd have given this four stars.
Kimberley Bugg
Really good continuation in the Pearl Cleage "west end" saga. As a fan I am ready for a new setting and new characters. Good book though.
Barbara
Sep 28, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
This author"s keen sense of observation adds to the appeal of her work as does her knowledge of the area and time that she writes about. The byproduct of this is sometimes her fiction is too much driven by her positions and beliefs and often the characters behave less like real people and more like vehicles to to advance a story with a pre-determined moral and outcome. That said, some of her previous work shows that Cleage is more than capable of writing compelling, believable fiction, this book ...more
Rushea
Jun 14, 2010 Rushea rated it liked it
Very good book. Anticlimatic ending, tho.
Ari
Oct 16, 2011 Ari rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
This book is advertised as an "Obama-era romance featuring a cast of unforgettable characters." The characters are good but they are forgettable except for Wes and that's merely because he's so ridiculously unlikable. I had hoped that the author would have a less-biased approach towards Wes, Toni and any other characters like them who believed that we are in a post-racial society and detest affirmative action and the like. Instead the author makes them caricatures without really exploring what c ...more
Jennifer
Aug 04, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
My girlfriend gave me this book after coming down to be with my family after the passing of my father. She thought I would need to immerse myself in books and stay busy and we all love Ms. Cleage's writing.

It took me so long to read it considering, I usually finish Pearl's books in a day or so, because I just enjoy her writing so much. Some days I just didnt feel like picking it up.

As always she dealt with topics very familiar to me, the election of our nation's 1st AA POTUS, the freshness and c
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Mona Grant-Holmes
Mar 31, 2014 Mona Grant-Holmes rated it liked it
An entertaining read by Cleage. Ida B. Dunbar is hoping for a job with the Obama administration. She returns home to Atlanta after her famous father-a civil rights icon-Rev. Dunbar makes some disparaging remarks in a recent speech. Ida is made aware of a plot to negate over a hundred thousand voters the Rev registered to aid President Obama's quest to the White House. Ida returns to try to uncover the person(s) behind the plot and to protect her father. But who needs protection Ida or her father ...more
Jewell
Jul 18, 2011 Jewell rated it really liked it
Another good story by author of I Wish I Had A Red Dress and Feel Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day! Family, old guard civil rights activists, and tampering with voter registration forms are central to this latest Pearl Cleage story. Set in Atlanta, Georgia, Ida B. returns to her childhood home when lifelong family friend Luna encourages her to return after her father, Reverend Dunbar is in a You-Tube video talking about illegal Mexicans in a less than flattering manner. Ida reluctantly returns home ...more
Alicia
Nov 13, 2015 Alicia rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The book starts after Ida's job (with the Obama campaign) has ended, and she's unsure what to do next. Her father, a minister, is on a youtube video saying some crazy sounding things. Can she talk him out of it, or should she trust him? He, and many of his friends, affected the world in the 1960s as civil rights workers... can they still find meaning and purpose as they age?

Ida also finds herself involved in a mystery, and danger.

Cleage paints a nice picture of caring family and neighbors in At
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Elizabethyjang
Jul 02, 2014 Elizabethyjang rated it really liked it
The best book I've ever read for the school. And probably the only book I read for school from cover to cover (even if that means I had to finish it even after the semester ended). The entire time I was reading the book, I kept having to tell myself that it was fiction. Pearl Cleage does such an amazing job in story-telling.
Beverly
Aug 22, 2010 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-book
I was not sure if I was only to read this book, but after reading some excerpts I decided that I would enjoy this story. I was pleasantly surprised how much I did enjoy this story. It was a quick entertaining read with serious undertones of the directions of society in the times of President Obama. This is a wonderful book discussion book because of all of the themes running through the story, that there is something in here for everyone. While reading this book, I found myself shaking my head i ...more
Dacia
I can't say that I liked this book as much as the others but I did like it. Ms Cleage's books are always so easy to read because they flow so smoothly. I just love the West End community and it's residents. You feel like you know all of them.
Donna
Jul 15, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-chic-lit
Pearl Cleage is a great author and this book deals with the Obama era. Even though Obama has won the election, people are still trying to undermine him. Ida B worked on the Obama campaign and she is waiting for the 'vetting' process to be completed before she is awarded a job in the White House. Meanwhile, her father Rev. Dunbar is stirring up the people in Georgia. Along comes Wes, his Godson who is secretely trying to discredit him. I liked this book because it should us what really could be g ...more
Toni Buycks
Aug 29, 2014 Toni Buycks rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading the tricks used by the "Heart of Darkness" Wanted something more at the end.
Peaceful Passenger
Nov 21, 2014 Peaceful Passenger rated it it was amazing
It was a fast read. I couldn't put the book down. Read it in one day. I love the community she creates.
Carmela
Jun 01, 2011 Carmela rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Not my very favorite of Pearl Cleage's West End series, but a solid read with a very timely setting. As always, her story was inspirational and fulfilling. She really understands people and the relationships between them and isn't afraid to give the ol' heartstrings a good pull. Curiously, I'm noticing that while some of the men in her novels are "good men," most of them are not. The shady ones are REALLY shady. No grey area there. Something I'll keep an out for for further exploration as her sh ...more
Akilah
3.5 stars, rounding up

The beginning was slow and the ending was kind of rushed, but the middle was alllllll good. Also, Wes is now one of my most hated fictional characters ever, so thanks for adding yourself to that list, guy.

Audio narration is good. Neither reader is that great at doing the opposite sex, though Turpin is better at it than Willis. Unless Wes (book character) just thinks all women sound the same, which I wouldn't put past him, that jerk.
Nikki Morse
Nov 24, 2015 Nikki Morse rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
"What looks like crazy" was a favorite book for many years - this doesn't come close, but it's still an interesting story of political intrigue centered around an old school civil rights old head, and his "yes we can" daughter. The villain is too narrowly drawn, but the Atlanta community descriptions are great.
Ingrid
Aug 05, 2010 Ingrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this read. Ms. Cleage always includes characters from her previous books, so you feel like you know everyone in this Atlanta neighborhood. I found the storyline about the older civil rights activists and where they fit in post-Obama very interesting. Makes me wonder how close truth/fiction really are?
Enid
Dec 31, 2010 Enid rated it did not like it
I usually really enjoy Cleage's books but this was...ugh. Honestly, I couldn't even finish it. It was so boring. Halfway though I decided that life was too short to be forced to read something I didn't want to read. The storyline was dull and I didn't care for any of the characters. Very disappointing.
Monise Seward
Jun 15, 2012 Monise Seward rated it it was amazing
I have loved Ms. Pearl Cleage since 'If I had a Red Dress' and 'What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day.' I especially love how she uses her real surroundings (Atlanta's West End) and the setting for her books. She gives us an amazing story interwoven with a history lesson in every book!
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Pearl Cleage (born December 7, 1948) is an African-American author whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been widely recognized. Her novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was a 1998 Oprah Book Club selection. Cleage is known for her feminist views, particularly regarding her identity as an African-American woman. Cleage teaches drama at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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