Kimberla Lawson Roby has mastered the art of poignant and emotional
writing. In A TASTE OF REALITY, her fifth novel, she gives readers
another great storyline with strong characters.
This time around, Roby tells a rather routine tale of a woman named
Anise Miller who seems to have it all: a solid marriage, good
friends and a well-paying job. Can't find too much wrong with this
scenario, right? Well, the protagonist will beg to differ. In fact,
she is frustrated, annoyed and angry. How does a woman with
seemingly everything allow ennui to set in and ruin a perfect
situation? Well, many of us will be able to better understand Anise
and sympathize with her once we learn of the many problems she is
experiencing. Unfortunately, she must deal with racism and cronyism
in the workplace and, to make matters worse, her best friend is
trying to undo what she's built a lifetime to establish.
Roby is able to tell the story using different points of view.
Despite a slow start, the story does pick up speed and heads for
its predictable ending. There is a method to how Roby ties in plot,
storyline and characterization --- and it has always worked for
her. For those who want to ride the gamut with Roby and taste
reality along with her, this will be a title you'll enjoy.
Reviewed by Alvin C. Romer on January 23, 2011
A Taste of Reality