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Here and Now

(1998)
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Fate deals sisters Marcella and Raquel completely different lives in Kimberla Lawson Roby's Here and Now. Determined to give her children a better life, Marcella struggles to find financial stability without the aid of her unreliable ex-husband, Tyrone. When she stretches herself too thin between her job and full-time college classes, Marcella refuses to question her decision despite the negative effects it's having on her children. The promise of her new romance with a medical student named Darryl, and the support of her family encourage her to continue. But when Tyrone threatens to withhold his meager support, Marcella feels her careful balance starting to topple--sending her into a cycle of anger and aggression with Tyrone that threatens her own health as well as her relationship with Darryl.

Sister Raquel has the unconditional love and support of her husband, Kevin, yet she aches to have a child of her own. After years of fruitless efforts, Kevin is willing to consider fertility treatment or adoption, but Raquel refuses to give up on natural methods, and swears they need just one more chance. Her blind lack of realism starts to wear on Kevin, and their relationship begins to fray. When Raquel finally agrees to treatment, their marriage is subsumed by the effort, and they lose sight of each other. A pregnancy brings renewed hope, but have they already lost each other? Here and Now offers a poignant story of two women struggling to define their future and learning to value the present. Mundane details and an unexpected dream sequence may frustrate readers, but the appeal of Roby's strong characters and realistic issues outweigh any faults the book may have, making this an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Here And Now
Author(s): Kimberla Lawson Roby
ISBN: 1-57566-336-8 / 978-1-57566-336-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Here and Now
Author(s): Kimberla Lawson Roby
ISBN: 1-4967-2513-1 / 978-1-4967-2513-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dafina
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October 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Here and Now
Author(s): Kimberla L Roby
ISBN: 0-7582-0064-1 / 978-0-7582-0064-8 (USA edition)
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January 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Here And Now
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ISBN: 1-57566-494-1 / 978-1-57566-494-1 (USA edition)
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January 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Here and Now
Author(s): Kimberla Lawson Roby
ISBN: 0-7582-0210-5 / 978-0-7582-0210-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Audio Editions

November 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Here and Now
Author(s): Kimberla Lawson Roby
Publisher: Recorded Books
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November 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Here and Now
Author(s): Kimberla Lawson Roby
Publisher: Recorded Books
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November 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Here and Now
Author(s): Kimberla Lawson Roby
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Here and Now
Author(s): Kimberla Lawson Roby
ISBN: 0-7887-5118-2 / 978-0-7887-5118-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
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July 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Here and Now
Author(s): Kimberla Lawson Roby
Publisher: Lenox Press
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