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"Laelia "is the story of the Cates sisters, vibrant and prosperous African American matrons who decide to free themselves from ailing husbands and lackluster marriages. Led by the eldest sister, Rebecca, the three women embark upon a plan to discreetly but systematically place their men in care facilities.Rebecca commandeers her two younger sisters, Claudia and Gracelyn -- ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by Atria Books
(first published 2003)
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May 15, 2008 Janet Riehl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any woman
Recommended to Janet by: Ruth is a literary friend.
What is a Woman? Strength and Sensuality
Ruth-Miriam Garnett's "Laelia" portrays the culture of womanhood in concentric circles from intimate homelife, to community, and hints at the broader swath of the world by bringing in Hillary Clinton as first lady attending the Cates Sisters extraordinary tea.
What is Womankind and how does She navigate in the world? Garnett gives us the Three Graces in the form of The Cates Sisters, each possessed of a unique gift. Rebecca, as matriarch and visionary strat ...more