June 2011 Members’ Selection
Discussion: August 20, 2011
Book: The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil
Author: Victoria Christopher Murray
Review: Aug 20, 2011
Marriage is a beautiful thing especially when two people are committed to making things work in spite of the obstacles they may encounter.
In her latest novel, The Deal, the Dance and the Devil, Victoria Christopher Murray, introduces us to one such couple Evia and Adam Langston. The Langston’s are high school sweethearts who together beat the odds and rose above a grief and poverty stricken childhood to become a successful middle class family. Neither Evia nor Adam ever dreamed that the life they created would ever be taken away from them, so when things take a turn for the worse, the couple is forced to deal with the same financial troubles they experienced growing up; troubles the couple vowed that their three children would never have to face.
With their backs against the wall and chaos all around the Langston’s are on the brink of total meltdown when Evia’s boss, Shay Shaunte, makes an offer that changes everything. Shay Shaunte is a phenomenal business woman who has built a successful hair care product enterprise but all work and no play has left her feeling a little lonely, however with a little help from Evia, Adam and of course her money, she is banking on making up for lost time as she celebrates her fiftieth birthday.
Evia realizes that the decision she and Adam have to make is a tough one but with the walls of life closing in around them she finds herself engaged in a spiritual warfare that is driving her to search both high and low for just one word that would provide them with a much needed relief.
This is an excellent novel that serves as a reminder to us all that life is a journey and you must be careful about what and who you allow to be your guide. The decisions we make whether right or wrong not only affect us but also our future generations. God’s plans for us are real even when we think he has abandoned us; he is there waiting for us to surrender all our cares to him and trust that he is our soul/sole provider.
What would you do for five million dollars?
Adam and Evia Langston have lived in their own little garden of Eden since the two married at the age of seventeen. Working their way up from the humblest of beginnings, the Langstons have thrived beyond anything they could have ever imagined. Now they live in the finest home, drive the best cars, and indulge in all the trimmings that signify their massive success.
But then the recession hits and rips apart the family’s financial stability. Unable to support their three children and other relatives, Adam and Evia find themselves drowning in financial trouble and teetering on the brink of complete disaster. With nowhere to turn, the Langstons have no idea what to do.
Until Shay-Shaunté, Evia’s multimillionaire boss, comes to the Langstons with a five-million-dollar offer that seems so hard to refuse. Will the Langstons make this deal? Or will they recognize that the glitter of five million dollars may be far from gold?
Victoria Christopher Murray always knew she would become an author, even as she was taking an unlikely path to that destination. A native of Queens, Victoria first left New York to attend Hampton University where she majored in Communication Disorders. After graduating, Victoria attended New York University where she received her MBA.
Victoria spent ten years in Corporate America before she tested her entrepreneurial spirit. She opened a Financial Services Agency for Aegon, USA where she managed the number one division for nine consecutive years. However, Victoria never lost the dream to write and when the “bug” hit her again in 1997, she answered the call.
Victoria originally self published Temptation. “I wanted to write a book as entertaining as any book on the market, put God in the middle, and have the book still be a page-turner. I wasn’t writing to any particular genre – I didn’t even know Christian fiction existed. I just wanted to write about people I knew and characters I could relate to.”
In 2000, Time Warner published Temptation. Temptation made numerous best sellers list and remained on the Essence bestsellers list for nine consecutive months. In 2001, Temptation was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literature.
Since Temptation, Victoria has written nine other adult novels, including: JOY, Grown Folks Business, The Ex Files, and the popular Jasmine Cox Larson Bush series. She was a contributor to the first Christian fiction anthology, Blessed Assurance and the Contributing Editor for the Aspire Women of Color Bible published by Zondervan. Victoria has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being the pioneer in African American Christian Fiction. Since 2007, Victoria has won six African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year – Female.