Greetings, fellow indie writers and readers! I am Beem Weeks, author of the historical fiction/coming-of-age novel JAZZ BABY and SLIVERS OF LIFE: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES. My goal in life is to promote the indie movement to the world. I can be found on Twitter @VoiceOfIndie and @BeemWeeks. I enjoy indie films, loud music, and a well told story. Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Slivers Of Life
Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules opens with a shooting. A teenage girl appears to have pulled the trigger. What would lead an outwardly normal, well-adjusted girl to shoot the primary breadwinner in a home stricken with poverty? Author Jules lures the reader in, sparing few details in this dark read. Think Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison for these modern times.
Maiya’s mother is a physically abusive alcoholic with little patience for her daughter (one of seven children fathered by several different men). Bad things happen, which leads to unimaginable and awful secrets far too heavy for a young girl to be forced to bear.
Maiya does have allies in her corner: a godmother who helps the girl deal with the consequences of abuse; a best friend, Charlotte, who wants to shield Maiya from the horrible realities in her corner of the world; loving grandparents who try to do what they feel is right by their granddaughter; and others who drift into her life at various times. But this story is about Maiya, about her struggle for a normal life, about one girl who seeks triumph in the face of certain defeat.
Nonnie Jules has proven herself a skilled storyteller of the first order. As far as debut novels go, this one ranks high on my list. There are some sexually explicit scenes, so this is not a novel for the youngsters. But for those who enjoy a good, solid story, Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend is one you’ll want to read.
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