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Well ladies, it looks like these chapters were truly the lightning round of the book both in terms of chapter length and plot. Chapter 17 finds Angela a week later splitting her time between her parents house in Mount Vernon and Mae’s Manhattan studio apartment. She finally tells Mae about Cait and she’s nothing but supportive, encouraging her to fix things with Cait which she does.
After a week of euphoric make up sex, Cait springs the “I’m trying to get pregnant” bomb on Angela and she takes it fairly well, to the point that she and Mae are picking out the sperm donor for Cait.
Apparently, while this is all going on, Keith has been moving along quite well with Tatiana Braithewait. This fact is made plain when Angela returns to Keith’s apartment to get her clothes and finds them getting down to Barry White. Tatiana has also been chosen to be on the cover of Desire magazine which adds salt to the wound.
Since it was bound to happen sometime, the two couples finally have an icy meeting at a holiday party at which Angela is trying to hook Mae up with the host, Rufus. Though the main thing going on there is Angela’s discomfort of dancing with Cait in front of everyone. They soon leave along with their box of sperm and ride the train home. Spurred on by another lesbian couple “passing” yet making out, Angela kisses Cait before realizing that Nona, her mother’s “Too Black, Too Strong” friend, has just seen her.
I know lesbian relationships tend to move quickly but this has to set the couple to baby speed record. Then to try and frame it as if she is just the girlfriend and won’t have to have an attachment to the baby. What couple works that way? If that’s the case, why are you picking out donors? Why are you worrying if people would think you were the baby’s nanny?
This also brings up a lot of questions regarding interracial lesbian couples and children anyway. Both in this book and in “The L Word” it was really important that the baby have a black donor. If you had a white partner, how important is it to you that your children reflect your race? Also, would you continue a serious relationship with a woman if she told you after a week that she was trying to get pregnant?
Now on a lighter, more positive side. Did anyone else think it hit home when they started listing all those sterotypical movie plots. I’ve heard them called the “Magic Nego” plots when the wise and worldly black person shows the confused white person the right path to take.