Straight Up - eBook
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Straight Up - eBook  -     By: Lisa Samson

Straight Up - eBook

WaterBrook / 2011 / ePub

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Title: Straight Up - eBook
By: Lisa Samson
Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780307550545
ISBN-13: 9780307550545
Stock No: WW11923EB

Publisher's Description

They are living lives they were never meant to live.

Georgia Bishop, a could-be jazz great, has thrown away her life, her marriage, and her talent for her drinking habit. Her cousin, Fairly Godfrey, is living the good life in New York but wonders if deeper meaning exists beyond the superficial world in which she finds herself.

It takes a Congo refugee, a soul food chef, a persistent husband, and one desperate night on the brink of freedom for Georgia and Fairly to realize how far they have come from their God-given purposes. When they face the most difficult choices of their lives, only the power of grace can bring them to true healing.

Author Bio

Lisa Samson resides in downtown Lexington, Kentucky where she lives and serves in community. She is the mother of three creative children and the wife of one creative man who puts up with her crazy ways while she puts up with his. Lisa is the winner of the Christy Award for contemporary fiction and has been called “one of the best novelists in the inspirational market” by Publishers Weekly. Visit her at

A unique, gripping novel, Straight Up breaks a lot of CBA "rules." The main characters are Georgia, a jazz musician who has neglected her "gift," and Fairly, an interior designer. They are two cousins who were abandoned by their parents through death, and later abandoned by their spouses; Fairly's died and Georgia's "found religion." Both cousins begin "looking for love in all the wrong places." Georgia finds comfort in alcohol, and Fairly deals with her loss through relationships with men. Georgia continues to deteriorate until tragedy occurs. She enters "pink," a very interesting place where she learns a lot about herself.
A minor character, Clarissa, is interspersed throughout the story in the third person, rather than the first person like Georgia and Fairly's point of view. Clarissa was adopted and is somewhat detached from life. She lives in a chronic survival mode and has been rejected and abused by everyone. For the longest time the reader will wonder how Clarissa connects with the rest of the "cast," but, without spoiling the story, it's one of those endings that leaves readers thinking for hours.
Straight Up is a gourmet meal for finicky pallets. Let me explain why. The author gives readers a blend of varying dates and characters to begin with to whet appetites. Now I have to say at first this confused me, but once I got the feel and texture of each main character I savored the meal. Parts of Straight Up had me grieving, other parts had me wanting to slap the characters, yet I also admired them for being honest with themselves, even if they weren't as honest with others. A-hem. It's called pride.
In Straight Up, the author tells it like it is – no fluff here. She gives readers a glimpse into the lives of some heartbroken people who look okay, for the most part, to the rest of the world. I cared so much about them that I entered their lives. I must say the story made total sense to me. I loved how the author slips a bit of God's perspective into the mix. What an incredibly creative way to explain things too difficult to understand outside of Christ, and then introduce Him in a way that actually attracts the reader. The author literally prepares some wounded souls for the banquet table, and readers eat right along with them. Straight Up is real, it's honest, and it's one of those life-changing stories that sticks with you for a long time. The message? You can't go back and fix the past, but you can make a difference today. I enjoyed every minute of this insightful story, and Straight Up comes with my highest recommendation. – Michelle Sutton, Christian Book

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Straight Up

“Like an expert barrista, Lisa Samson take bits and pieces of her characters’ lives and mixes them into a story that is fascinating and profound. Loss can lift you up…or destroy you. Straight Up shows both options and then lets you decide. Which will it be? This is one good book!”
–Roxanne Henke, author of After Anne, With Love, Libby, and other books in the Coming Home to Brewster series

“What if we chose differently in life? Straight Up is pure Lisa Samson–original, raw, and laced with grace. As always, Lisa’s characters came to life in my imagination, becoming my friends. This book made me cry and also allowed me hope. What a treasure.”
–Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of A Carol for Christmas

“Lisa Samson’s writing is an extravagant gift to her readers. I am eternally amazed at the benevolence that spills so generously from her pen. She is not only a compassionate writer, but a young poet with an old soul, a woman that uses her writing as a dance in which her readers can revel.”
–Patricia Hickman, author of Earthly Vows and Whisper Town

In Straight Up, Lisa Samson draws us into the joys and consequences of this free-will thing called Choice. It is a story that is at once both tough and tender, with Samson exhibiting unusually keen insight into human nature–the longings of the heart, the failings of the flesh, the need for redemption. A powerful read, too important to miss.
–Ann Tatlock, awarding-winning author of Things We Once Held Dear

“Lisa Samson is one of my favorite authors. Her characterization is always brilliant, and Straight Up is no exception. Samson just keeps getting better and better.”
–Colleen Coble, author of Fire Dancer

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