Chris Desmereaux—college graduate, churchgoer, and single mother—is struggling with poverty, coming to terms with her sexuality, and finding love—though she is unaware that her life will change, for better or worse, the day Gayle Evans finds her personal ad in the paperand answers it.
Gayle Evans, toe-tapping, knee-slapping, make-you-wanna-holla Minister of Music with a divine gift from God. "Praise the Lord" is her mantra. Macking women is her game. Destroying every life she touches, Gayle brings more misery than harmony. She has a lesson or two to learn after she uses her "relationship with God" to break up a seemingly happy home.
Alternately set in Washington, D.C. and Memphis, Tennessee, Fire & Brimstone is an "in your face" tale that explores lesbianism and black motherhood as both separate and integrated issues impacting the main character's role as a single parent, while opening dialogue on same-sex domestic violence, religious beliefs, bisexuality, negligent fathers, economics, and intra-racial caste systems among African Americans. Depending on one's beliefs and opinions, Fire & Brimstone leaves no room for "in-between" emotions, leading the reader to ultimately draw his or her own conclusion as to what the ending actually means: Is homosexuality a sin, or does God love us as we are?
The author reminds us that gay women are everywhere, even in the African American church—a place where no one expects to find them. Fire & Brimstone does an excellent job of testing the boundaries of 21st century morality.
Laurinda D. Brown uses her writing to tell universal stories that apply to all cross-sections of society. A graduate of Howard University, she writes about life, not lifestyles. She is the author of Fire & Brimstone, The Highest Price for Passion, and Undercover. She currently resides in the Atlanta metro area with her two daughters.
"Laurinda Brown's Fire & Brimstone is an engagingly provocative novel about two women who find comfort in one another as they struggle to find comfort within themselves. Brown's writing is refreshing, controversial, and right on point. Readers will be caught up in the novel from page one and be eager to discuss it with friends after the conclusion. Fire & Brimstone is destined to become a bestseller." -- Zane, National Bestselling Author of Addicted, Nervous and Skyscraper
"This novel is full of drama and lessons...an interesting one-sitting read!" -- Shonell Bacon, Author of Luvalwayz: The Opposite Sex and Relationships