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“Making her fiction debut with a novel that is equally raw, profane, and touching, Mays is a promising author to watch.”

—Library Journal

“There hasn't been an author in 20 years, since Terry McMillan, to fully express the experience of black women in love and romance. I believe Raqiyah Mays can fill that void with The Man Curse.”

—Karen Hunter
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, publisher, Sirius/XM host of "The Karen Hunter Show"

“Heart-wrenching from the first page. Explosive and dramatic! Mays' has skillfully crafted a tantalizing, captivating story that leaves you rooting for Meena to break the curse.”

—David Lamb
Award-winning playwright of the hit play Platanos Y Collard Greens

“Funny, poignant, and deeply engaging, "The Man Curse" cuts right to the heart of every longing soul out there. Raqiyah writes with uncompromising honesty, exploring the complexities of relationships—romantic and familial alike. She weaves together a captivating tale that moves with a kind of mysticism. Don’t miss this wonderfully written debut.”

—Stacy Gueraseva
Author, "Def Jam, Inc." and founder of

“I was up until four in the morning finishing The Man Curse! The characters become personal friends. And I think The Man Curse, with its fresh exploration of the sexuality and culture of Black women, is an important entree into such a discussion.”

—Aunjanue Ellis
Award-winning actress and co-star of ABC’s "Quantico"


—Tamara Warren
Reporter, The Verge

“The novel is dope! The Man Curse had me right from the start…so well written.”

—Rob Lewis

“I couldn’t stop reading. The Man Curse is so juicy!”

—Sheila Eldridge
CEO, Miles Ahead Entertainment & Broadcasting; Executive Producer of "Café Mocha" radio show.

“I love The Man Curse. So many gems. I related to so much of it, and I think it will resonate with women everywhere. Raqiyah Mays has always had a powerful voice, but now we know that she is also a seriously talented writer.”

—Jennifer Schram Maxwell
Casting Director, The Limited "New Look of Leadership"

“I love to read a book so good that I can't get enough and must know what happens next. The Man Curse was that book! A juicy page turner that had me staying up well past the time a working mom should go to bed.”

—Courtney Patterson
39, Event Planner

“As women we need to take The Man Curse seriously. It validates our common journey and makes room for an open and honest dialogue that can lead to healing. Awesome read.”

—Jineea Butler
President and Founder Hip Hop Union

“I couldn’t stop reading. The Man Curse is so juicy!”

—Sheila Eldridge
CEO, Miles Ahead Entertainment & Broadcasting; Executive Producer of "Café Mocha" radio show          

“The Man Curse is a terrific work. Raqiyah relates the difficulty of Meena's journey with empathy and humor. I truly enjoyed it.”

—Anita Diggs
Author of "A Mighty Love" & "A Meeting In The Ladies Room," Teacher at Gotham Writers Workshop          

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