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Friday Nights at Honeybee's

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  211 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Everyone who’s anyone in the Harlem music scene has heard of Honeybee McColor and the famous Friday night gathers that fill her brownstone to bursting. In the early 1960s, nowhere but “The Big House†attracts so many renowned jazz and blues musicians--and no one but Miss Honeybee attracts such talented lost souls as Forestine Bent and Viola Bembrey.

The two women come
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by The Dial Press
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This book was wonderfully written and has fully fleshed-out, soulful characters. It's a compelling tale of two struggling young women from very different backgrounds who become friends when their paths eventually cross at the home of a magnetic socialite known as Honeybee.

The first chapters alternate between the two women in their home states, detailing the things that will bring them together. The final setting is '60s Harlem, but the reverberations of the Harlem Renaissance are felt throughout
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved reading this book. I noticed as I read there were times i was actually talking to the characters out loud as if i were there too. at one point in the book i actually thought "oh, i can't look", like i was in a movie, but then had to laugh at myself because i was READING and wouldn't know what happened next unless I opened my eyes. EXCELLENT STORY.
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrea Smith was highly successful in creating a great story that enchants the reader within the first couple of paragraphs.The characters are truly memorable and the focus on blues and jazz made the novel even more delightful. Smith captures the soul of Harlem during the blues and jazz era. Certainly a great read, I recommend this book to all who appreciate a well written, Harlem based novel.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like books that evoke a sense of time and place. This does both. It's an excellent book that really portrays the black American jazz scene in the 1950s extremely well. The two lead characters are both interesting in their own right and I enjoyed following their stories. This is the second book by Andrea Smith that I have read. Both have been excellent.
Debra Henderson
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Early 1960's......Musicians. Drugs, Sex and Early pregnancy are all parts of the puzzle. These 2 characters in the book come from totally different backgrounds, but end up as a most peculiar way.
Definitely reccommend this!!!!
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The author transports you to the time when you wanted to party and listen to jazz and blues, you had to sneak into the back woods to clubs that were more shacks than real clubs. You can feel the energy!
marie rogers
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Everyone has a story. Everyone needs something to ground them. It was easy to be drawn into the world of the various characters. These characters are people we know in one form or another. We all need a "gather" to feel fee.
Yolonda Chestnutt
Hard to find.. But if you can get your hands on this book READ IT!!!
Concrete Rose
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touched my soul.

love this book omg!! It was definitely a page Turner and I couldn't put it down. I wish there was a part 2 to this.

More like a 4.5. I loved this story. i feel like there should be a sequel, though. The girls were just getting started. I want more!
Jun 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though somewhat predictable for me from almost the beginning, I had a good time reading this book nonetheless.
Daphne James
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved it! I felt like I knew all the characters. Would love to read more by this author.
Shermain Rene
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!!!! It broke me out of my slump.
Tamiko Rembert
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I've this book setting on my shelf this long without reading it! There wasn't one part of this book I didn't love. Great read...
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good

I did not want it to end but it ended where it should have. This was a good read. I could barely put it down.
Paula Gilbert
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! The style, the characters, the storyline remind me of the writings of J. California Cooper. I am anticipating more great books from Andrea Smith.
Michelle  Davis
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book over the weekend and finished it while sitting in a crowded doctor's office with my sick nephew. That's saying a great deal being that I was surrounded by children that were whiny and sick LOL. The thing is though that Ms. Smith was able to transport me away from that doctor's waiting room and transplant me right in the thick of things that were transpiring in the 1960s Jazz & Blues era. The main characters Forestine and Viola came from very different backgrounds in many ...more
La Tonya  Jordan
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Go On Girl! Book Club
Recommended to La Tonya by: Everyone
Shelves: good-read
Friday Nights At Honeybee’s is a good first novel for this author. This novel has a slow start. Interest did not peak until after Viola was excommunicated from the church and town, for wanting to know what true warmth and passion is like. This was at the end of the eighth chapter. The host of characters who attended Miss Honeybee McColor establishment for the gather where full of life, intrigue, passion, and danger. The gather was every 1st and 3rd Friday night at Miss Honeybee’s where jazz came ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. I have to find more of this author's work.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished "Friday Night at Honeybee's" and I think Andrea Smith did an excellent job telling this story. The characters were well developed and the references to the jazz greats was enjoyable as well as educational. The "gathers" reminded me of any Black gathering - good company, good food, and good music.

I would have liked to see a "wrap-up" of what really happened to Isabel. Did the church people do it? I loved the friendship between Forestine and Viola because quite often women can be c
Andrea Smith did a wonderful job in the telling of this story! The coming into their own of Forestine Bent and Viola Bembrey Hinson was a story I won't soon forget. This is historical fiction at its finest. The story was easy to follow and flowed nicely. I could smell the foods and hear the music. I chuckled and cried with the characters and was left feeling wit a sense of awe and peace at its conclusion.
Sherry Molock
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story

What a delightful story! I loved the characters and the author captures a really important part of African American culture as our community transitioned from the heyday of the blues,Mao jazz to R& B.
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable book. Not great, but good. I could easily see this being into a movie.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story, hated to see it end.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was cool. But nothing out the ordinary.
shaka thompson
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was intriguing from beginning to end.. I enjoyed the excited and the sadness tied it all together. This was a Goodreads.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the best!
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful writing! I felt like I was there in the clubs with the characters!
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By the time I got to chapter three, I realized I'd already read this a while ago and loved it. Sadly, I don't remember anything about it.
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Andrea Smith has received fellowships from the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center and The New York Council on the Arts. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and now lives in Atlanta.
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