Cover image for Family of lies
Title:
Family of lies
ISBN:
9780758274748
Edition:
1st Kensington hardcover ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
Physical Description:
420 p. ; 24 cm.
Summary:
"After growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the sixteen-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone. . . Unfortunately for Vera, Sarah Cooper is the child Kenneth Lomax always wanted. When the father she never knew shows up at her mother's funeral to claim her, it's a fairy tale journey from the ghetto to a mansion on a hill. But Sarah's life is not as carefree as her father wants it to be . . .because Sarah knows from the start that her step-mother is as two-faced as they come. And after losing all the family she's ever known, she wants a life that's richer than what Vera's got planned for her. Neither woman can be sure who will win Kenneth's heart and fortune. But as Vera and Sarah scheme to get what they want, everyone they know will be choosing sides, taking chances, and gambling it all to come out on top. . ."--from publisher's web site.
Holds:

Available:*

Library
Material Type
Call Number
Item Available
Copies
Status
Searching...
Book FICTION MON 1 1
Searching...
Searching...
Book FICTION MON 1 1
Searching...
Searching...
Book FICTION MON 1 1
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich, older husband. Now she balances a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the 16 year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Unfortunately for Vera, Sarah Cooper is the child Kenneth Lomax always wanted. Who will win Kenneth's heart and fortune? As Vera and Sarah scheme to get what they want, everyone will be choosing sides and gambling it all to come out on top...


Author Notes

Mary Monroe is the third child of Alabama sharecroppers, and the first and only member of her family to finish high school. Mary never attended college or any writing classes.

Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published in 1985 and was widely reviewed throughout the U.S. and in Great Britain. She is a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for her novel God Don't Like Ugly. She has just finished the fourth book in this series, God Ain't through Yet. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Vera Lomax seems like the perfect wife to Kenneth, a pillar of San Francisco's African American community who owns a chain of successful electronics stores. But beneath Vera's well-maintained facade lies a cold heart. Years ago, when she found out that Kenneth was having an affair with his secretary, she paid her off to leave while still pregnant. Years later, Kenneth finds out about his daughter and decides to make things right for teenage Sarah, who grew up in poverty. Vera struggles to bring Sarah under her influence, but independent Sarah refuses to fall into line, and their battle of wills threatens to tear the Lomax family apart for good. Just when readers think that Vera's villainy has reached new lows, she launches another jaw-dropping scheme, not caring whom she hurts in the process. Expect epic fights worthy of a 1980s prime-time soap opera along with torrid sex scenes in this raw, sudsy urban novel from Monroe (Mama Ruby, 2011), a master of the genre. Readers who enjoy watching characters' fortunes rise and fall will relish this tumultuous family.--Donohue, Nanette Copyright 2010 Booklist