Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe Ava Johnson and her devastating problem.
Ava Johnson is a single black woman whose successful business and social life have been devastated by her diagnosis as being HIV positive.
2. Where does Ava live at the beginning of the book and what kind of benefits does that place offer?
Originally from Idlewild, Michigan, Ava has lived in Atlanta for ten years and enjoyed the benefits of being a successful black woman in a city known for its opportunities.
3. What kind of people did Ava hang with and what was Ava's main problem with that social circle?
As a hair salon owner, Ava has moved in the circle of people who appreciate style and will pay to possess it. Unfortunately, promiscuity is one of the facets of that lifestyle. Ava dislikes this part of her life, not only for the ultimate risk to her health, but also for the less-than-satisfying string of intimate encounters that she is forced to recall.
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