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What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day is a novel by Pearl Cleage, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in September 1998. The book focuses on a black woman who has moved back to her Michigan hometown following a positive diagnosis for HIV. The novel was Cleage's first.
Ava Johnson: the protagonist. She moved back to live with her sister in Idlewild, Michigan after she was diagnosed with HIV. She was a successful hairdresser in Atlanta, Georgia before her patrons learned she had HIV.
Joyce Mitchell: Ava's older sister. She was married to Mitch before he died in a freak accident. She runs The Sewing Circus, a church group focused on providing sexual education to and empowering young mothers.
Mitch Mitchell: Joyce's husband before he died in a freak accident.
Eddie Jefferson: Mitch and Joyce's best friend, who later becomes romantically involved with Ava.
Imani: a crack baby Joyce and Ava take custody of.
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