May 15, 2016

Series Sunday: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

(Idlewild #1) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Revision. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, the first book in the Idlewild series by Pearl Cleage. After spending a decade in Atlanta with fancy blacks, fancy cars, elaborate homes, the best clothes and luxe lifestyles, Ava returns to her hometown of Idlewild, Michigan, with the weight of bad news. Why would anyone leave the hustle and bustle city life for a small northern community? Well, Ava needs peace and quiet. And it seems the town needs her too.

"I almost never just sit anywhere. I'm always talking or working or reading or watching TV or on the phone or worrying." ~ pg. 64

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminds me of the days I wanted to move to Idlewild. I had clients that loved living there. They dare not trade Detroit for the close-knit, lakefront, all-black town of Idlewild. Yes, it is very different than city life. Full of confident, relaxed black people. The smell of success fills the quiet streets.

The relationship between sisters Ava and Joyce is strong. They support each other without smothering or being too nosy. One is never too far from the other, yet they have different interests. It was heartwarming to read about a positive black familial relationship. This is the kind of fiction I miss: the good 'ole stories of the 1990s.

It is hard to imagine this novel was Pearl Cleage's debut so many years ago. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day is a well written classic, still as good as ever.

Title: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
Author: Pearl Cleage
Published: January 1997
Pages: 173
Edition: eBook
Challenge: Bookish Kill Your TBR—Read the Classics; Popsugar A Book I Haven't Read Since High School
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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