AUTHOR: T.N. Baker
T.N. Baker’s street classic, Sheisty, is being re-released for a whole new audience, and more than a decade later, it resonates with as much gritty, raw realism as it did when it was first released.
Epiphany, Keisha, and Shana grew up as best friends in the hood of south side, Jamaica, Queens. They’ve always been tight, but as they enter adulthood, will that bond start to unravel?
Epiphany grew up in a “real house” and thinks it makes her better than girls who come from the projects. She’s a spoiled hood princess who has a taste for the finest things in life, and she knows just how to get them. When she falls hard for C-God, her latest “sponsor,” she wants more than just material things. She wants to be his only woman, but that doesn’t seem to be part of his plan.
Keisha is pregnant with Tucker’s child, and she can’t understand why her friend Epiphany hasn’t been coming around to visit. Tucker promises he’s getting out of the game so they can move into a house and raise their baby together, but first he has to settle a score with his rival. With Tucker out running the streets all the time, Keisha might find it hard to stay faithful.
Shana doesn’t have to rely on anyone but herself. She’s been staying away from her girls because she doesn’t want them to know she’s dancing at Honey’s strip club. Her man, K.C., is locked up, but that doesn’t stop her from making weekly conjugal visits to keep him happy. Now he’s pressing her for information that will put C-God in danger, and she has to decide if she’s going to give up Epiphany’s man.
These three thought they would be friends for life, but that friendship is put to the test when envy, built up animosity, hidden betrayal, and the bad boys in their lives come into play. Every day becomes a struggle to keep it tight. With all that’s already riding against them, when drastic situations occur, will these girls be down for one another, or just plain Sheisty?