Simmons brings this African American family to life! Once you start reading, you won’t want to put it down. Perfect for book clubs!
Publisher: Bravebird Publishing LLC
Genre: Fiction | Literary, Family Saga, Family Life
Published: January 2, 2014
Format: Kindle, 345 pages
Source: Story Cartel
D. Bryant Simmons has masterfully written a dark, hard, difficult story. Simmons manages to keep the reader engaged at each page turn by developing authentic characters and situations. In her own words, she describes a personal story she ignored for some time, not wanting to write it. Now she has used her real experience to build Pecan’s story into a novel. A novel with a story line so painful and dark at times, you don’t want to read it but you can’t stop until you know what happens in the end.
At times, even though I am from the South, the Southern dialect was a bit overdone and perhaps less would be better to make the conversation between characters flow better for the reader. However, this is not a huge criticism as I, as a writer, know how difficult it is to write dialectically.
Simmons tells this story about a crisis in Pecan’s life while we read in the news of high-powered people domestically abusing women every day. A crisis which needs to be erased from our everyday lives. Hopefully Simmons’ book will prevail in the lives of men and women to teach them the respect and dignity due to others.
I applaud the writer taking on a topic of such import and notoriety in our country. She has driven home a clear message in response.
Otherwise, I recommend it to all readers interested in seeing the reality of domestic abuse. Perhaps in reading Pecan’s story you will find it in your soul to take a stand in your community, place of employment, or church against this problem in our country.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed are mine.