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Every month ESSENCE Books Editor Patrik Henry Bass will chat with your favorite authors on Twitter, @essencemag (hashtag #ESSENCEBooks). Up first? THE PERFECT MARRIAGE, by Kimberla Lawson Roby. Here the’s story: Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for 15 years, they have a wonderful daughter, successful careers, and a beautiful house. They also have a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs. Join our Twitter chat with Roby on February 8 at 7 p.m. ET.

And here’s an excerpt:

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Denise hoped Derrek wasn’t going to share any more of their personal business.  She wondered why he couldn’t handle this so-called drug problem in private.  Some time ago, Derrek had gotten a little carried away with playing the Illinois State Lottery, but when he’d realized enough was enough, he’d prayed about it and stopped on his own. He hadn’t needed any twelve-step program back then, so for the life of her, she couldn’t understand why this new issue was different. Now, instead of hoping he wouldn’t say anything else, she wanted to beg him not to.
But sadly, he did.

Intrigued? Then get to reading!