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The Team [Paperback]

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Item description for The Team by Dawson Perkins...

"An engaging romance about buppies slowly confronting and ultimately healing the scars of a violent, sexually irresponsible past. . . . executive-level African American chick lit in which love helps put the past to rest."-Kirkus Reviews

"An engrossing debut novel that will surely put Perkins on the 'black authors' A-list."-Booklist

"A fascinating debut. The narration is colorful, smart and realistic."-Black Issues Book Review

"A heart-wrenching story of fate, love and fear, and one woman who refuses to let her past destroy her future. Thoroughly compelling from beginning to end."-Trisha R. Thomas, author of Would I Lie To You?

The Team is the story of Gwen Fagan, a driven, young, black professional living in Atlanta who doesn't care much that her social life is nearly nonexistent. Gwen's ordered world is upended when she learns that a figure from her past-ex--basketball star Xavier Dean-is joining her firm. As Gwen and Xavier slowly develop a mutual attraction, she adamantly hides the fact that in college, 10 years before, she was brutally raped by his friend and teammate.

As her relationship with Xavier deepens, Gwen finds it more and more difficult to cope with having buried so much of the unresolved pain that resulted from her rape. When her rapist returns to Atlanta with his NBA team, events unfold that will change all three of their lives forever. The Team is a fast-paced, dialogue-driven take on a contemporary relationship that offers a shattering depiction of the psychic cost rape exacts on even the strongest-seeming survivors.

Dawson Perkins has created an indelible love story that's gripping, passionate and touching, and features an unforgettably real heroine who is both emotionally bare and defiantly brave.

Dawson Perkins lives in South Carolina with her husband and family. The Team is her first novel.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   270
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Agate
ISBN  1932841075  
ISBN13  9781932841077  

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New respect for rape victims  Jun 8, 2008
I thought this was a very well written book. So many times I've read books with fairy tale endings that I've come to expect it. Truly for Gwen I wanted a fairy tale ending. This book showed me that when you have been raped it's more than just one night, it affects you the rest of your life. I pulled for Gwen and Xavier, but they had too much to overcome. Rape affects everyone around you. It sabatoged every relationship Gwen had. Xavier paid the ultimate price for something he had no control over, he had my sympathy as well.
Enchanting  Feb 15, 2008
This novel was such a joy to read, it is indescribable. I absolutely loved the dialogue and adored the two main characters' relationship. It was raw and real. Although I have thankfully never been in her shoes and at times did think that Gwen could take her fear of men down a notch, I sympathized with her lot in life and understood that some things are really hard to put past you. Xavier is all man and I respect how he handled himself. Together they provide a good balance for one another. I read this book in a day. It truly was a treasured find. I know I'm 4 years too late but I will recommend it to everyone I know.
Sappy, boring and not very well-written  Jun 30, 2006
On a scale of 1 to 5, I gave this book 1 star. I thought it started out well but midway took a terrible nose-dive in the caliber of writing. I really didn't care for the profanity-laced dialog between two characters who were supposed to be in love. The writer begins by creating two very up-scale, educated characters, then over time reduces them to ghetto, profanity spewing brats.

I don't understand why the writer decided to lace the dialog with slang, cursing and Ebonics. I felt like she didn't trust that her readers could rise to a better level of dialog. Either that or her writing skills are just truly lacking. She seemed to either lose steam or was in a real rush to get the book finished. It just seemed like the first third of the book was written by a totally different writer.

Also, there were several errors in grammar and spelling. Maybe next time a more thorough job at editing would help to create a more concise and readable book. Book publishers seem to be in such a rush to cater to the African-American market that they seem not to care about putting any real editing work into the books they publish. Not only is some of this stuff not every well written (many main stream books aren't either) - but no one seems to be spell-checking or doing any research into black culture, habits or mores - they just seem to want to get it out there fast and make a quick buck. This book has all those characteristics.

I couldn't really sympathize with either character. She (rightly or wrongly) was stuck in her past and he, like another reviewer stated, was a sickening wimp.

The other assorted side characters seemed written just to revolve around "Gwen" and beg her to tell them "what's wrong.""

I wouldn't recommend this book and I truly wish I hadn't purchased it. It was a real chore getting through it and, in my opinion, a waste of money.
Eh okay...  Oct 27, 2004
The book started out with a bang: action, realistic dialogue, an easy page turner. After we got to know Payton, I was a little annoyed about the constant "sister-girlfriend" references. Sheila Copeland did it in her book too and I don't understand the point of the name and have never heard anyone referred to as this in my life. But when Xavier was introduced to the firm, I breezed through this book. It was funny, exciting, rewarding, frustrating, and I just made a sign at work about washing hands so it was greatly appreciated. Until the "connection" was made. Then it got corny, repetitive, and lasted entirely too long. On top of that, the main female character has a SERIOUS attitude problem, which even though she faced hard circumstances made it a chore for me to be sympathetic. Xavier turned into a lame who CONSTANTLY let Gwen talk to him like a child and the book grew unbelievable and super obvious that a woman wrote it; especially when his feelings were expressed. When a "second accusation" was made on t.v., the book got good again. Then Gwen got on my nerves again and I wanted the book to hurry up and end. The beginning to the car scene after the picnic is five stars. The rest (two stars) was just hard for me to like because I wa so frustrated with the main character's nasty attitude and Xavier was a punk.
The Team  Sep 7, 2004

Athletes and sexual violence are dominating the headlines, and now it's being presented to us in the storyline of author Dawson Perkins' debut release, THE TEAM. In spite of the fact that it's all over the media and it does indeed happen, too much attention seems to be focused on the glamour of it, the lifestyle of the rapist and not enough attention is directed to the victim. How does she feel? How will she get through it? Can she put it behind her and continue life? Is there indeed justice? These are some of the questions that Perkins digs a little deeper to bring up in THE TEAM.

Gwen Fagen appears to have it all together. She's a career-driven professional at the top of her game working as an accountant in a firm in Atlanta. She's good at her job and those around her help celebrate her success and accomplishments as she moves up the corporate ladder. On the flip side, her personal life is non-existent and she's content with not being involved with anyone on that level. She has the perfect facade and with the exception of her friend Payton, who doles out pychologist-driven feedback and dialogue in their weekly conversations, no one knows about her past or how she was raped in college by a basketball superstar.

Unfortunately for Gwen, the facade starts to crack when Xavier Dean joins her firm and is assigned to work with her on a case. She is immediately thrown back into her past, as Xavier is the best friend of the guy who raped her and part of "The Team," the name given to the group of basketball stars who dominated the courts and her college campus. The biggest problem that she finds with Xavier is that everyone likes him, he is actually a "good guy" in spite of what she wants to believe. Yet, her distrust of men and the memories of her rape do their best to pull her away from him, despite the attraction. Eventually, things take a turn and she allows him into her life, but still refuses to share with him the full details of her past and who she is and how she knew him. This, of, course eventually leads to some major drama, and when the rapist shows up in town, everything comes to a screeching halt.

Fast-paced and definitely dialogue driven, THE TEAM is a novel focusing on the aftermaths of what something so vicious as rape can do to the human psyche, how it can tear down even the strongest person and make them vulnerable to the degradation caused. Dawson's writing is fresh and a welcome addition to the literary scene. Her characters were people I wanted to know, and the issues were realistically drawn to make this a story well worth the read. I really enjoyed that she showed both men and women as they are in real life: some good, some bad, some flawed, some with baggage, but all of them definitely human and sometimes unable to face their demons.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

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