The Man Curse
by Raqiyah Mays
Meena has heard whispers of the family curse since childhood. Seated around tables at the yearly reunion, relatives always shared stories of the Man Curse’s origins. It began with Great Grandma Anna Mae’s affair with the church pastor. After finding them in bed together, his wife hexed Anna Mae to prevent the women of her family from ever marrying, and the results are said to have lasted generations. Anna Mae and her sisters died without being wed. Grandma Fey never married. Aunt Connie has given up on men. And Meena’s mother, Deena, continually runs into dead-end relationships.
The Man Curse explores the phenomenon of generational curses and family cycles told through the eyes of Meena Butler. Her life is nearly in order, with one exception: the family curse. Raised to believe an age-old hex holds her back from landing the love of a lifetime, a journey toward emotional healing forces Meena to face the truth and question if she really does have the Man Curse. Or is it all in her head?
Reviews & Reader Testimonials
“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.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, publisher
Sirius/XM host of “The Karen Hunter Show”
“I was up until four in the morning finishing The Man Curse! The characters become personal friends. 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.”
Actress (The Clark Sisters, Lovecraft Country)