After Shereé Whitfield admitted that her juicy new novel Wives, Fiancées and Side-Chicks of Hotlanta contained "a little rumor, a little fiction, [and] lots of reality," and we watched her tell her ex-husband, Bob Whitfield, on a recent episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta that there's a character inspired by him in it, we couldn't wait to get our hands on a copy. The novel will feel familiar to RHOA viewers right away and, without spoiling too much, we might have learned a few interesting tidbits about the author herself based on her fictional heroine Sasha Wellington and Sasha's fierce friends.
1. Shereé Might Be Fundamentally Misunderstood
Early on in the book, Sasha reveals that people have mistaken her confidence for conceit her whole life, a type of mixup that Larry David memorably called "shy/asshole confusion" on Curb Your Enthusiasm. But has this also befallen Shereé IRL?
2. She Might Also Be a Smooth Jazz Fan
Sasha has just graduated from college and prides herself on not being your average girl. "So what if her playlist was smooth jazz instead of rap or R&B songs about screwing and getting butts eaten like groceries?" Sasha wonders to herself. This leaves us wondering, does Shereé privately rock out to Kenny G?
3. If Shereé Watched Sex and the City, She Might Have Been a Carrie
Sasha's celeb stylist bestie Norman Jenkins loves to tell people that his name is actually Norman Bradshaw, an admitted nod to Carrie Bradshaw's well-heeled fabulousness.
4. Shereé Can Be a Smart Shopper
Her earliest appearances on RHOA were consumed with showing off her love for luxury designers — remember that Louis Vuitton purse cake in Season 1? But Shereé clearly loves to bargain hunt and gives up some of her discount game via Sasha's avowed love of consignment shopping in Atlanta.
5. Moving to Atlanta Was Possibly Random.
Both Sasha and Shereé hail from the Cleveland area, and Sasha decided she would move to wherever her finger landed on the map with her eyes closed. Chance chose Atlanta!
6. Having Wildly Different Friends Creates Balance
Sasha likes the balance of having BFFs like nightlife queen Paris and basketball wife Casey who couldn't be more opposite from each other: "It allowed her to stand in the center of the teeter-totter without worrying about falling," the book says. Could these pals have been drawn from the unique group of ladies on RHOA?
7. Bob May Have Seduced His Future Ex-Wife with the Help of R. Kelly and Aaliyah's Music
But you'll have to read the book to get all the steamy tea on that, boo.