USA Today reports on Connie Briscoe’s lastest release, Sisters & Husbands:

Fifteen years ago, Briscoe struck publishing gold with her debut, Sisters & Lovers. Like Terry McMillan with her 1992 sensation Waiting to Exhale, Briscoe introduced America to an invisible woman — people like Briscoe…

Sisters & Lovers went on to sell 750,000 copies. On June 2, Grand Central will publish the long-awaited sequel, Sisters & Husbands, with high hopes it will become a fixture in beach bags this summer. It’s not all happily ever after for Briscoe’s three fictional sisters, who live and love and bicker in the affluent, integrated suburbs of Washington, D.C., terrain the Washington native knows firsthand. There is Beverly, a journalist and serial runaway bride; unlucky-in-love Charmaine; and the seemingly perfect Evelyn, a married psychologist. In Husbands, the trio copes with cares and woes more commonly found on Wisteria Lane than in the housing projects of The Wire. Lawyer-husbands having midlife crises. Sassy spoiled stepdaughters. Ticking biological clocks. Sibling rivalry over $500 Prada handbags.

The big theme in Sisters & Husbands is marriage, or “how do you keep it alive and fresh?” It’s the question Briscoe asks in fiction, and in life. Married nearly a decade, she and her husband, Roderick — he runs after-school educational programs promoting digital skills — have two teenage children, a brother and sister they adopted at ages 6 and 8. She met him online at Match.com only to discover that his sister, Cheryl Woodruff, was a publisher who had released two of Briscoe’s paperback editions. (Read full article . . .)

Surprisingly, I haven’t read a single thing by Connie Briscoe. I don’t think I even own any of her books. Shame. Happy reading, y’all.

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