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Urban Fiction Annotation

The Wife of a Hustler by [Sterling, Porscha]

Tile: The Wife of a Hustler
Author: Porscha Sterling
126 pages
ISBN: 9781511476461

Synopsis: Vanessa is The Wife of a Hustler and she is tired of the hustle. Or is she? Vanessa loves her husband Ty and would do anything to keep him, including kill. However, Vanessa is having a hard time trusting Ty with her heart since he has been making more and more frequent trips to see his son and his baby mama Trinity. Trinity would love nothing more than to be Ty's main focus. She would be his main focus if she could just get rid of Vanessa. Trouble finds Trinity just in time for Ty to help out and stay a while. All the trouble causes Vanessa to get into a bit of trouble on her own. Will Vanessa be able to help Ty keep his drug empire? Will she keep her man from being taking by the Trinity the Florida's princess of the drug game?

Urban Fiction Appeal:

  • Inner-city life/struggle: The character of Trinity and her brother Loon were abandoned as children and raised themselves in the streets. 
  • Violence: The book opens up with two people being murdered and glorifies violence throughout. 
  • Sex: There are a few explicit sex scenes involving several of the characters. 
  • Drug use/Abuse: There is very little drug use or abuse in this book. However, the book is about drug dealers and their lives and businesses.


  1. A Hustler's Wife by Nikki Turner (NoveList Plus)
  2. True to the Game III by Teri Woods (NoveList Plus)
  3. Love is Blind by Kyoshi (Good Reads)
  4. What Hurts Most by Tynessa (Good Reads)
  5. Wifetress: One Man's Wife, Another Man's Mistress by Melinda Graves (Good Reads)
*I was not able to find The Wife of a Hustler in NoveList Plus, but I knew about A Hustler's Wife and searched it to find True to the Game III . I searched Good Reads and found that it listed the title The Wife of a Hustler and had a section title "Readers Also Enjoyed" which I used to find the other Read-a-likes. 


  1. Kamara, I can honestly say that I haven't read any urban fiction before. This book does look interesting and I will have to take a look at some of your other book choices. The appeal factors that you listed have drawn me in to wanting to read this book.

    1. Thanks for the reply Anne. I honestly stopped reading most urban fiction about four years ago due to the more stereotypical urban fiction appeals. I do like urban Christian books because of the more positive tone. I am not fond of the bad endings that some of the urban fiction tends to have. However, this book ended abruptly and made me want to find out what happened to the characters in the next book. So, I maybe back to urban fiction to finish this series, at least.

    2. Great description of the book and of urban fiction. Sounds very gritty and depressing, lol! Not my thing, but I'm rooting for Vanessa... :)

  2. Great annotation! Your summary and appeals are wonderful. I like that you also described how you found your readalikes. Full points!


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