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Overview What do Zora, a Black American Princess and Nicky, a blond haired blue eyed Berkeley grad have in common? Absolutely nothing except for their excruciatingly out of touch preacher fathers.
Two Hearts, One God. Should Anything Else Matter?
Zora Nella Hampton Johnson knows exactly where she comes from--and her daddy won't let her forget. Of course for that privilege he keeps her in Prada and Kate Spade, Coach and YSL. He chooses her boyfriend, her car, her address, and ignores her love of painting, art, and the old ways of her grandaddy's soulful AME church--where the hymns pleaded, cajoled, and raised the roof. Her daddy may be a preacher, but some-where among the thousands of church members, the on-site coffee house, and the JumboTron, Zora lost God. And she wants Him back.
Nicky Parker, a recent graduate of Berkeley and reformed playboy, also suffers the trials of being a preacher's kid, and he can't remember the last time he saw eye-to-eye with his white, racist, Southern Baptist father. What he does remember--and it will be forever burned in his brain despite myriad prayers to Jesus--is the way Zora looked the first time he saw her. Like Nefertiti. Only better. When they meet at a bible study far from their respective home churches, the first churlish, sarcastic sparks that fly sizzle with defensiveness. But God has a special way of feeding the flames and though of different flocks, these two lost sheep will find Him and much, much more.
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From Publishers Weekly The voice of beautiful Zora Nella Hampton Johnsonher name echoing the author of her favorite novel, Their Eyes Were Watching Godwill take you up and carry you along until she utters her very last syllable. Anger, laughter and delight come from Zora's sharp, sassy tongue as if she is talking out loud. Burney's gift for voice is not limited to her heroine, though it takes her longer to get the other main character, Nicky Parker, the handsome but poor son of a racist pastor, to shine as distinctly as Zora. At this novel's heart are love and racewhat happens when a self-described BAP (black American princess), the daughter of a famous megachurch leader, falls in love with a young white man. Zora and Nicky's dialogue about race is unflinching, with attitude, honesty and occasional humor. Burney pushes her prose to the edge of the edgiest in the Christian fiction genre, and then barrels right over. She doesn't sugar-coat, especially when it comes to sex, yet she manages to create a love story that's both erotic and chaste. Faith in Jesus comes to life on the page through Zora and Nicky's intense, if imperfect, soul searching. Though parts are a bit melodramatic, Burney gives readers a page-turner for all audiences, Christian and beyond. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher David C. Cook
ISBN 0781445507 ISBN13 9780781445504
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More About Claudia Mair Burney
Claudia Mair Burney is a freelance writer living in Lexington, Kentucky with her tattoo artist husband Ken, four of their seven children, and a dwarf rabbit. She has published seven novels, including the Amanda Bell Brown mysteries, and "Zora and Nicky," a Christy Award finalist, and is the author of the popular blog, Ragamuffin Diva. "God Alone is Enough" is her first nonfiction book.
Claudia Mair Burney currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Claudia Mair Burney was born in 1964.
Reviews - What do customers think about Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White?
Excellent. Excellent. Excellent Jun 9, 2008
This books is so much more than a romance. It is a discussion of the state of the church in the U.S. today and how far it has strayed from the original Christian teachings. It is also a genuine look at the perceptions blacks and whites have of each other. The romance between the two characters was merely the venue to discuss these issues. It was well written, well edited, well paced, entertaining, thought-provoking and for those who call themselves "Christian" a challenge to self-introspection. I loved the use of scripture throughout the story. This is a book to keep in your library. Well done Ms. Burney.
Awful...JUST AWFUL!!!! Jun 7, 2008
I don't even know where to begin with how awful this book was. I read the reviews of the other people and wonder if we even read the same book. First of all I should have known better because I don't think anybody is terribly comfortable with mixing love and sex with religion but I purchased this book because of the 5 star rating. First of all you have to get past the fact that the author was more interested in spouting passages from the bible rather than truly establishing a real relationship between the characters. Then there wasn't a single sex scene. Not one. There was one kiss that was promising but then that's it. Don't think that I'm some horny teen looking for a raunchy read because I'm not but if you are honest u have to admit that sex is part of an adult relationship and there is none in here. Then you have to deal with the fact that the author seems to want to cover every stereotype both white and black rather than help the characters get to know and care for one another. Then my two final problems with the book. There's no happily ever after of any kind expressed or implied because they are arguing all the way to the end of the book; bogged down in sterotypes of one another. Finally the corny scene with the foot washing hippies at the end. Just awful...awful i tell you.
An amazing story Jun 6, 2008
This is an amazing story of love in all of its wonders and pains. A beautiful story told from the perspective of the hero and heroine. It's an interracial romance and while the characters must face race issues, these issues do not over power the central tenet of the plot. Be prepared to laugh out loud!
I look forward to reading more from this talented writer
Want Gritty? Want Christian Fiction to be Honest and Unflinching....Here You Go May 23, 2008
Congratulations to David C. Cook for seriously stretching the boundaries of Christian fiction with the publication of Zora & Nicky.
Those who have been clamoring for realistic Christians between the covers of Christian fiction need look no further than Nicky and Zora, pastors' kids who carry baggage and attitudes into a "walking on eggshells" friendship.
Two vastly different and too similar backgrounds coupled with intense physical attraction ignite a relationship between a white, Baptist reformed playboy, and a name-it, claim-it trained, coddled African American Princess.
Claudia Mair Burney writes first person twenty-something male and female perspective with brutal honesty and with much grace. A handful of rag-tag friends who support the new couple make for colorful and creative teaching moments. Burney instructs on purity, immorality, beliefs, traditions, brokenness and grace through the characters who offer support. On the flip side are those characters who have heaped material goods,selfishness, hate and well-intentioned abuse on the couple.
The story veers from convicting to poignant to beautiful to raw. There were moments that I was overwhelmed with poignant writing and had to stop and catch my breath, only to cringe at the rawness that lurked on the next page.
I must warn sensitive souls, this novel contains sexual situations and if you have a diet of nice romance novels or inspiring reading, Zora & Nicky may knock your socks off in a not so pleasant way. But as I mentioned earlier...those of you that clamor for reality and grit...you need to get your hands on a copy.
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A Gust of Fresh Wind May 5, 2008
Every once in a while, on that rare occasion, you come across an author like Claudia Mair Burney. Her style is like a gust of fresh wind, blowing in, spinning through your mind, uncovering secrets and polishing old truths to a new gleam. She makes you laugh out loud, gasp, and even cry.
The strange thing is that such gusto comes in the form of a love story--not my usual genre--between pastors' kids from opposite ends of the spectrum: beautiful and black, Zora, with her prosperity-minded parents; and white Nicky, a creative guy stifled by his family's uptight expectations. When Zora and Nicky jointly, yet in separate locations, flee their fathers' church services one Sunday morning, they are intent on finding something more meaningful than shallow religious games and societal pressures. They meet for the first time at a home Bible study a few nights later, and the spark between them bursts into a raging flame.
Burney does a great job taking us into the minds of these conflicted souls, as they work through issues of race, belief, unclean thoughts, and family conflicts. Each has a cross to bear that the other knows little about. And yet, through their constant seesawing of emotion and feelings, they hold strong to the best they see in one another. They're both exasperating at times, even stubborn--and that's what makes them so believable. How can you not love these characters?
In the end, Burney pulls these numerous, varied-colored threads of society, romance, history, and theology into one beautiful tapestry. She gives Zora a chance at reconciliation. She allows Nicky to make a surprising gesture of solidarity and servanthood. And, in so doing, she reminds me again why I can't wait for each of her books.