"Lust and confusion collide in this supple novel about a woman who wants it all."- People
"Sensational; spicy; another winner from an author who only seems to be getting better." -
"Provocative and complex." -
The Barnes & Noble Review
Eric Jerome Dickey -- a writer celebrated for his subtle depictions of the nuances of relationships -- continues to grow as an artist. Between Lovers, an extremely ambitious work that represents novelist at the height of his powers.
The story’s narrator is a successful African-American novelist involved in an intriguing love triangle. The object of his affections is a woman named Nicole, with whom he has been hopelessly in love for seven years. Despite the fact that Nicole left him waiting at the altar only to move in with another lover -- a lover who happens to be a woman -- he can’t get her out of his mind. All he knows for sure is that he loves Nicole too much to give her up with a fight. But his adversary, a tough-spirited, strong-minded, and passionate woman named Ayanna, is no ordinary adversary. As for Nicole, she wants them both, and her machinations pull the three of them along on a sensual but twisted journey, culminating in a tragedy that will forever change the way they view one another, as well as themselves.
Dickey’s prose is both evocative and provocative. The anguish of all the people involved comes across with crystal clarity. It’s tempting to search for a bad guy amid all the pain and confusion, but Dickey wisely fails to provide one. Instead, he offers up an achingly poignant, not-so-simple story about three people in search of a very simple thing -- love. (Beth Amos)
Set in the African American community, Dickey's books (e.g., Cheaters) have explored such issues as fidelity, interracial dating, and the influence of career, family, and friends on one's love life. In the abridged version of Between Lovers, a provocative contemporary romance, Richard Allen's narration hits all the right notes. The novel's protagonist, an unnamed Los Angeles-based writer, was left at the altar by Nicole, his girlfriend of seven years. After moving in with her lesbian lover, Ayanna, a fiery and successful attorney, Nicole reestablishes a relationship with her jilted fianc and eventually persuades her two possessive lovers to join her in a love triangle. The triangle, which becomes spiritual as well as physical, proves first destructive, then healing. While Dickey's dialog sparkles, as usual, his characterization and plotting rise to a new level in this intense and imaginative work. While the explicit love scenes among the three characters could well offend some listeners, this thought-provoking production is recommended for most adult collections. The author's dialog and characterization also shine in the unabridged set read by Dion Graham, but the plot strains with the length. Public libraries with a strong following for this best-selling writer may want the unabridged tapes, while for most popular fiction collections the abridged program will suffice. Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Broken hearts, a menage a trois, and wry humor find their way into this sexy new story from the popular Dickey (Liar's Game, 2000, etc.). The unnamed narrator of this hip cautionary tale is still in love with Nicole, regardless that she literally left him at the altar, moved to Oakland from their home in L.A., and is now involved with a woman named Ayanna. But he won't give up on their seven-year relationship, believing this lesbian stuff is just a phase. A popular novelist on the road for lectures and book signings, he flies up every few weeks to visit. During one stopover, Nicole announces that she's worked out a plan to accommodate both her lovers and herself-though mostly herself. She asks the narrator to move to Oakland and get to know Ayanna, insisting that she loves both and can't choose between them. The story's action takes place during the few days of this visit, exploring the emotional anguish felt by the narrator and Ayanna, who both attempt to acquiesce to Nicole's wishes but understandably want her all to themselves. When the three spend an intimate night together, with the narrator and Nicole giving it their sexual all to impress, Nicole-not surprisingly-is the only one satisfied with the arrangement. Meanwhile, the parents of these successful, 30-ish African-Americans throw in their two cents. The narrator's father, a prominent civil rights figure, is disappointed that his son is frittering away his talent on popular fiction. Nicole's mother comes to visit, damning her daughter to hell until she changes her deviant ways. It becomes apparent that only sacrifice from the truest heart can free the protagonists from the emotional hell they've created. Steamy sex scenes andpop culture references aside, Dickey has created a thoughtful, albeit unusual, treatise on the lengths some will go to for love. Dickey ably straddles a fine line, offering light entertainment coupled with strong people making hard choices. Doubleday Book Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection