"Bebe's By Golly Wow," by Yolanda Joe. Doubleday. 289...


August 30, 1998|By Cassandra Spratling | Cassandra Spratling,Knight Ridder/Tribune

"Bebe's By Golly Wow," by Yolanda Joe. Doubleday. 289 pages. $22.95.

So the summer's nearly over and you're looking for a quick, romantic and fun escape from the ho-hum of your daily existence. Get under a shade tree, kick your feet up in your favorite lounge chair and meet the characters in Yolanda Joe's "Bebe's By Golly Wow."

There's Bebe, a fortysomething single black woman and bank supervisor who's on the lookout for Mr. Right. She meets a tall, sexy, gap-toothed man who's the color of "a perfectly browned steak." Granted, "Bebe's By Golly Wow" is not deep literature in the Toni Morrison-Alice Walker tradition. It's more of the sister-girlfriend-let's-tell-it-like-it-be-sometime style of the queen of that genre, Terry McMillan.

But unlike many of the writers who rushed in on the wave McMillan set in motion, Yolanda Joe puts some meat on those bones; she doesn't just serve the sauce.

Pub Date: 8/30/98

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