What Looks Like Crazy

Humorous Literary Fiction

Author: Pearl Cleage

Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1998: What makes Pearl Cleage’s novel so damned enjoyable? At first glance, after all, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day seems pretty heavy going: HIV, suicide, sudden infant death syndrome, and drunk driving all figure prominently in the lives of narrator Ava Johnson and her older sister Joyce. It isn’t long before crack addict….Read More

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