What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
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|1 December 1997|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
|Pages||224 pp (first edition hardcover)|
|ISBN||0-380-97584-X (first edition hardcover)|
|LC Class||PS3553.L389 W48 1997|
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. Although this was not Cleage's first novel it can be attributed as the novel that made her famous for all of the recognition it received by countless newspapers and television shows.
- 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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