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What Doesn't Kill You: A Novel [Hardcover]

Virginia DeBerry , Donna Grant

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Book Description

Jan. 6 2009
Opinionated, straight-talking, and witty, Tee is a fly forty-something. Divorced since her daughter, Amber, was young, Tee has been “handling her business,” supporting herself after her would-be songwriter husband took off for L.A., and she’s done all right. Organized, responsible, hardworking, and loyal, Tee went from being the first employee of a start-up purveyor of organic lotions to the right hand of the president of what became a major player in the home and personal fragrance market. But then everything changes. First, she’s outplaced from her longtime job and doesn’t tell anyone. Then she gives her daughter the wedding of her dreams and, after overindulging in champagne, Tee wakes up in bed with the younger best man. For the first time in twenty-five years, Tee doesn’t know who she is or what she’s going to do every day. Deep in denial, she continues to live her life as if nothing has changed. After a series of financial mistakes, miscalculations, and missteps compound her already shaky situation, she’s soon teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. That’s when Tee decides that it’s time for her to wake up and face reality. Beyond “making money,” Tee never really decided what she wanted to do with her life. Then she just stopped thinking about it and invested her hopes in someone else’s dream. Now it’s her chance to invest in herself. Can she step out on faith to follow her own dream?
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (Jan. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416564209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416564201
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,301,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A great read for women, young and mature alike.”
—Connie Briscoe, New York Times bestselling author of Sisters & Husbands

“What Doesn’t Kill You has defi nitely made me stronger! I love this book!”
—Sybil Wilkes, Tom Joyner Morning Show

“An ultimately uplifting tale.” —Booklist

“The anti-pity party: snappy, fun, and inspiring.” —Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Virginia DeBerry was a successful plus-size model, former Vice President of BB/LW modeling agency and served as editor-in-chief of Maxima magazine before becoming a novelist. DeBerry is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. She currently resides in central New Jersey.

Donna Grant spent more than a decade as a model for catalogs and advertisements. Grant has been featured on the pages of Essence, McCalls, Family Circle, and Woman's Day, as well as appeared on Good Morning America, and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee. Grant served as the Managing Editor of Maxima before her writing career. A Brooklyn native, she is a graduate of New York University and still lives in the borough with her husband.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Contemporary Fiction Novel Jan. 27 2009
By Urban Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Thomasina "Tee" Hodges has always had her life under control. Tee raised her daughter Amber by herself after her divorce and has been riding high ever since. But everything changes in an instant when Tee is suddenly laid off and doesn't tell anyone. To make matters worse, she just threw a big wedding for Amber and then wakes up the next morning with the best man. Tee's average normal life is now suddenly spiraling out of control towards bankruptcy. Tee is suddenly faced with having to make some huge sacrifices in order to survive. Will she be able to depend on herself to get things together?

What Doesn't Kill You is an entertaining novel by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant. DeBerry & Grant once again brings us a tale that is thought-provoking and relatable. What makes this story stand out is the way that it is told. By having the main character Tee tell this story in the first person, it makes you feel as if your best girlfriend is talking to you. There are some very timely issues in this novel such as jobloss and impending bankruptcy that readers will be able to identify with. This is not a fast-paced read, but you can see the gradual development of this story as you get further into the book. You will find yourself rooting for Tee to get everything back on track. What Doesn't Kill You is a great novel filled with realistic situations and smart, sassy humor.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Life Jan. 30 2014
By justme - Published on Amazon.com
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Tee Hodges is the main character in What Doesn't Kill You: A Novel by authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant. Tee's life spirals downward after she is let go from the job that she helped build. From there a series of humbling misfortunes causes Tee to realize who has always had her back. This story is so realistic with its trials and tribulations that you wonder if Tee could overcome all the obstacles that she endured. A line from book states, "We start where we start, and some people get a head start, but that doesn't mean that they will always finish first." This holds true in this novel and our lives as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Story for the New Year! Jan. 25 2014
By Stephanie the "Sci-fi Junkie" - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book! I liked that the story was told from 1st person--it made the story more personable. Tee's experiences represented the rough times that many Americans are going through in our country's volatile economy. Her solutions for survival are inspirational to anyone going through financial and emotional setbacks.

This book is very appropriate for the new year...new year....new goals....new solutions!

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4.0 out of 5 stars EyeCU picks another winner. Jan. 14 2014
By Rhena EyeCU - Published on Amazon.com
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I really loved reading this book. I enjoyed the everyday relatable character interactions. If you wants to read a good down to Earth novel, then this is it. It was a nice quick read that wasn't very complex. Each character was developed to have their own existence in the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 14 2014
By Mz.Black - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a great read. It was very relatable because it touched on things that are happening to people on some degree daily. Walking away from a home or downsizing because you can no longer afford your dream home. Settling for an imperfect relationship out of fear. Another thing is living beyond your means or simply not being fully prepared for hiccups in your financial future. How many of us have robbed Peter to pay Paul or used our plastic as if it was a source of income? I enjoyed experiencing going on Thomasina's journey with her. It is so true. "What Doesn't Kill You" will most definitely make you stronger or at least wiser.

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