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Shannon Samuels English 101-1A 6/24/12 Professor Commodors Book Review “Can I get a witness,” by Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Year of publication(2008), Fiction, 310 pages. $14.95, Pocket Books, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020 “Can I Get A Witness” is a novel about family, marriage, struggles, and forgiveness. The book took placed in Houston,TX. In this book it talked about a divorce court judge, Vanessa Colton-Kirk and her relationship problems. She has seen everything in her notorious Houston courtroom, where she's presided over the breakup of many unhappy and disillusioned couples. But when career driven Vanessa chooses to work late on their 5th wedding anniversary, her husband, Thomas decides hes had enough of her always putting work before starting the family that he wants so bad, and he decides he wants out. Also in this book ,Vanessa’s own sister, Dionne is dealing with relationship problems of her own. A betrayal that has left Dionne hungry for revenge on a man that she hoped to marry one day. Through out the book they go through obstacles trying to repair their relationships and end up changing their whole perspectives on things. They say “Hell hath no fury like a women scorned”. This quote is the basis of the novel “can I get a witness with an underlying message to everybody regarding, forgiveness. Vanessa and Thomas kirk have a marriage as do many others with problems they have avoided. As always problems left unaddressed become a wedge between most couples and especially for a divorce lawyer who set fate for failing marriages daily. Vanessa rage brings more than she can handle when she is suspended from her position. Filing for a divorce, her case in the hands of a judge who believes in sanctity of marriage, needless to say she and her husband are taught a lesson by another women scorned. Forgiveness comes in doses small enough for Thomas

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