When I first read the title, I was intrigued and anxious to see what this story entailed. I was not expecting such a brilliant case of storytelling about a strong sistah, with all kinds of chutzpah. In the 50s women used to take all the foolishness their man dished out. In the latter parts of the 60sand 70s, the women’s liberation movement gave women a whole new walk in life. Now in 2018, a man can kick rocks fast if his woman has had enough. That was precisely where Deya was in her thought process. Her husband cheated more times than she could count on one hand and she’d forgiven him each time. Their son was off to college and Deya had paid her dues, and enough was enough. The next thing I knew I was singing Aretha Franklin’s R.E.S.P.E.C.T. out loud and dancing around the room. Deya’s story from that decision forward was all about the level of respect for her to finally take her life back and do her thing. I wasn’t mad at her for having enough and knowing when the time was ripe for the picking. Deya is my new shero. And the fact that Kahlil had the audacity to be upset, now that made me want to slap the taste out of her old man’s mouth and tell him to recognize. So, here’s the lesson, so listen up, when your woman gets too quiet, it’s already too late. She paid her dues was the story I needed to read at that time. #KnowingWhenToFoldThem.  4.5 Stars.

Review – She Paid Her Dues, by Angelia Vernon Menchan

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