On a night out partying with her homegirls in Harlem, Regina meets aspiring lawyer Charles Whitfield, who comes from a prominent, upper-class black family in Philadelphia. As a relationship begins, Regina tries desperately to hide her former life -- and her friendships with Yvonne, who's a single mother looking for a man; Tamika, who's raising two kids while their father does time; and Puddin', who has a weakness for bad boys and weed. But when Regina's past is revealed, it threatens to destroy both her relationship with Charles and the life she has worked so hard to create.
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It was a warm September night in New York City -- too warm and too nice to be in an apartment that really didn't want her company, Regina Harris decided. The apartment longed for a respectable young Jewish couple like the one who lived a floor below, who were originally from Long Island and had coffee and bagels each morning. Instead, Apartment 2A in the corner building at 71st Street and West End Avenue was stuck with Regina, formerly of Harlem, who breakfasted on home fries and sausage.
Regina felt the apartment's disappointment, and spent a lot of time trying to reassure it that she was good enough to... see more
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