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|I'm pleased to say it's arrived at last, "Family Album by Shree Mack.
I had to ask, Why the title Family Album? Sheree answers, "When I came out as a writer over 11 years ago, I started out by writing about my family. It was what I knew but it was also something I had to work through. The grief over my parents’ deaths, the being an orphan and having no real sense of where I was from, who I was from, who I was. But when I was writing I wasn’t thinking that this was going to be a collection. I just wanted a greater sense of the self."
One of Sheree's poems, 'Bradford 1968', featured on this site in 2006. I know this collection's been on the way for a while but I'm pleased we can finally get a chance to read it." Khome
|Isabel writes, "And. is a psychological memoir of the lives of my mother (from a small town in North Wales) and my father (from Guyana), Catherine Alice and Denis Williams. Inspired in part by Jamaica Kinkaid’s Mr Potter, the writing explores the nature of identity, place, history, the meaning of a colonial background, the divisiveness of colour, alienation, and the tradition of the English language, which paradoxically both liberates and incarcerates."
Khome review, "And...it’s like the gentle intimate repeating swish, sweep, turn of an intertwined dance. In her novel (psychological memoir) - "AND..." - of family history, Isabel Adonis casts and re-casts a loose knit episodic narrative around her mother, her father and at times her self.
It’s a tapestry, anchored in the author’s recollections, shards of reflection and imagined happenings.|
The collected chapters chart the origins and background of the Welsh, literate, resourceful and religious Catherine Alice, and her relationship with the Guyana born Denis Williams. In 1950s London, Denis becomes famous as a painter but finds the terms on which his success is based difficult to live with in England, spawning travels to Sudan in search of ancestral roots.
It’s an open and personal and sporadic account; establishing the significance of origins founded as much in place (Catherine, her mother from a small Welsh town) as stirred by deep questions of identify and ethnicity (Denis, her father from Guyana).
Isabel pays homage to Jamaica Kinkaid’s "Mr Potter", through the warm reminiscent poetic style of the book. Sometimes it’s this style and the tension of the personal verses the objective-imagined portrayal that frustrates and eludes. When it works though it's mesmerising and the book is most distinguished when attuned to its familiar protagonists – rendering depictions that are human, insightful and poetic.
Each chapter opens as if anew and reveals, explores or takes yet another perspective on the lives of Catherine and Denis; made less ordinary by this closer-than-life sketching out of character, place, life and death.
And…it’s like the waves of seas, pushing up and washing forward and back onto shingle beaches. You feel it. You hear it. As you read it."
|"Set amid the natural beauty of the Caribbean island of Antigua, this imaginative novel details Te’Kare’s struggles with personal weakness and questions of purpose and meaning in life. Despite a series of lessons, Te' finds difficulty in learning how to balance her dreams, whilst coming to terms with the adage, 'all that glitters is not gold'.
Marshall's novel explores the themes of romance and sexuality in modern life as it plots the twists and dilemma's of Te’Kare's journey through life."|
Reading and writing are a part of Marcel Marshall’s being -from the very beginning, thus she says, "I can’t live without either."
ISBN: 978-0-8059-7357-0 dorrancebookstore.com
by Marcell Marshall
There’s something eternally familiar in these pieces of work. Fire opens with the line ‘I’m not afraid to live and I’m not afraid to die, so if you’re thinking of killing me, go ahead and try.’
The author (alias Ha, Spirit) describes himself as a forty-something-year-old Londoner of Caribbean descent but there’s more than four decades of weight behind these texts. ‘I call it a ‘group soul mentality’, emenating from the evolutionary beginnings of my ancestral family…’, a line from DNA.
In short, there’s no second guessing. No stereo-typing. This is a genuine original. Of course, it has some shade (some works are almost too short to register) as well as light. Still, I’d recommend it, for anyone seeking a concise literary life companion, to assist them in making sense of their own life and times." Khome - email@example.com, 2008
|Letters to Myself
by Ha, Spirit
|Sporadic Memories -it "is a play that is broken down through the trilogy, as well as stories of travels alone, recipes (poems), maybe songs or exact words that were / are spoken; it flows on and on. As I was writing the novel, I imagined, well, my elder self telling me what my life could be...if I believed it so. Older people speak in a way that is sometimes difficult to follow; starting with something, moving on to something else, going back to the first thought, jumping to the end...etc, so this is exactly the way the entire trilogy reads...much like life, so much, well, too much going on for most of us these days, so why not do the things that fills our soul, instead that which takes from it." Ali Marsman|
|"At first, i didn't know what to make of it and I was confused by the summary but then I was taken by its poetic nature and found it had a certain pull which captured my attention. I think it's very ambitious and wonder how you sustained the style. Sometimes if reads like individual stanzas, and sometimes the tense switches which is disconcerting and sometimes one wonders if it'll all hang together and amount to something whole or simply keep spinning out and out - I guess this is how it's meant to be." Khome|
"The opening scene of Daughter Denied features Brother Floyd being handcuffed and led away from his family home by two plainclothes detectives. No sympathy is shown by his wife, Earnestine or youngest daughter, Tina, who as her stepfather is led away tries hard to conceal a smile. Thus, the three principle protagonists are set before us.|
The novel moves forward from this intro to involve us in the lives of these characters from late 60s to 70s. The narratives on this journey emerge through: Earnestine, a mother with four, destined to become five, children and two types of debilitating dependency, drugs and her husband (Brother Floyd); and Tina, Earnestine’s youngest daughter, who wrestles with the obvious differences in appearance between herself and the rest of the family, her short kinky hair, dark skin, full lips and wide nose, mark her out.
by Alretha Thomas
| The child is drawn to her mommy, perhaps seeking the love and acceptance that is not that easy to come by in a household subject to hard times, the uncertainty of parental feuds and the constancy of a chill wind, blown deliberately in her direction by her stepfather.|
The lives of the mother and children are punctuated by the goings and comings of Brother Floyd, a leopard not willing or able to change its spots. Between bouts in jail, Floyd’s stints with his wife and “family” cause a mix of disturbance and tension. Though his relationship with Earnestine blends love with hate, it adds little to the stability and well being of the children. -return home-
|It’s the touching story of the precarious nature of these lives, their small steps and grand designs we’re called upon to engage with. An engagement weaved mainly through dialogue and letters which serve to drive the drama on, conveying the circumstances of the mother, seeking simply to endure and keep faith with the faithless antics of her husband; and the daughter, seeking despite the odds to find something good in herself upon which to develop.|
If there are some reservations about the writing, they concern the ‘straight telling’ style which sometimes sacrifices tone and texture for speech. This can make for a challenge, requiring the reader to contextualise implied emotions and scenic detail.
Its strength lies in conveying the genuine difficulties of ‘chaotic’ / deprived family lives (set in the low hope American Projects) and in the resonance evoked through the eyes of an innocent child / come young woman. Whilst it is weaker in maintaining narrative drive, with description increasingly diminishing into plain spoken dialogue." Khome - firstname.lastname@example.org, 2008 -return home-
|"You cannot fail to be moved, reduced to tears by the uncompromising ‘docu-narrative’ style account of one family’s traumatic journey through adversity and pain, towards self-realisation and personal growth. Marlow portrays the insidious and soul destroying nature of domestic violence in ways that both reveal and compel This deeply descriptive story sets down a legacy, that speaks loudly of the pain of four generations of women, required to hold themselves and their families together. Hints at the pressures and frustrations that turn ideals of family into cycles of aggression and violence. Asserts self-respect as a positive overarching message for womankind, whilst providing a call for mankind to sit up and start listening." Khome, email@example.com -return home-|
|Everyone has a story to tell; some are happy, others are sad. L. Y. Marlow's story 'color me butterfly' will break your heart, but will also give you hope. We are bringing this to you today because Marlow's story is one that needs to be told! -associated press release|
"It’s another day for Rahkel, and over the past few years, each day has
presented its own challenges. 'Searchable Whereabouts' opens on the third anniversary
of her son, Matthew’s death. We touch upon some of the grief that has resulted, as she
wakes to face the memory of her loss.
Though today, as hinted by her horoscope, marks the start of something entirely
different; ‘When searching for what you want, the answer lies in front of you…and
comes to light when you least expect it’.|
As she goes about her job, book keeping at her Uncle Leon’s leasing company, she notices some unusual loans and payments. Her interest awakened, she beginnings to find her Uncle’s behaviour increasing odd.
by Tinish Nicole Johnson
|When Leon suddenly leaves town and is later discovered to have died in a car accident, her suspicions are heightened.|
|What lays behind the shady
business deals? What was her Uncle so keen to avoid or find? Was it an
accident or was he murdered? Of course, it’s in reading on that we find the
answer to all these questions, and some twists and turns besides.|
It may sound conventional in its crime-style plotting but it’s difference lays in a blend of the workaday domestic, private investigation and the uncovering of clues.
Told through the initially ‘red…and tired’ eyes of Rahkel, the story involves us in her re-emergence into life, through healing reminiscence, relationships with family and friends, and growing trust in romantic love.
In part the novel is uneven, some chapters appearing to spend too much time dwelling on areas removed from the central plot lines. Possibly this is the result of the author’s ambition; seeking to crisscross the day-in-the-life domestic with the hyper-overtones of criminal intent. This makes for more of a thriller with charm than tension and suspense. All the same it's an interesting thriller, with a domestic difference; behind the crimes there are always life-stories to be told." Khome - firstname.lastname@example.org, 2007
|"Upon the canvas - a collection of verse, photographs and prose - Petronella Breinburg allows her thoughts on 45 years spent living in Britain, to flow.
It's residence in Britain that provides a platform for a recollection that spans decades, countries and insights, based on a rich mix of cultural interactions. From birth place Suriname, founding years spent in Guyana, and onto Britain, Breinburg has travelled widely and achieved much, overcoming barriers that would have halted many."
Published 2007, ISBN 0-9549992-2-3
Price £6.99 plus £2.03 P&P
|Thoughts of a Creole Woman: A Reminiscence
by Petronella Breinburg (click for review)
|"Bully Boss is a frank, open and personal account of unpleasant work experiences. A bullying manager can cause immeasurable pain and play havoc with one's psyche. At times I became bitter, angry and down in the dumps. Yes, I was stressed out, washed out and frustrated by my experience, but the ordeal was not just about me. It had consumed my psyche, and crushed my relationships. I was fortunate that the bonds in my family were too strong for it to dominate. I had no choice, I was determined to make it through."||
Bully Boss by Helen Christina
Beverly Black Johnson
|"Gumbo for the Soul dares to call it like it is. This serving of Gumbo is a must-read for every parent, teacher, mentor and all who believe it is
important that our children can read and comprehend the English language."
-- Tavis Smiley, Author, Television and Radio Host|
Due for release early 2007, paperback, USD24.95 US, non-fiction/edu.,
Publishing). An honest examination of urban sexual relations, marks the auspicious debut of author momowilly
AKA Monique Williams.
"A wizened voice culled from the urban aesthetic, Neurotica speaks to life with inspired imagination, arching range and stark candor. Not to mention prurience the likes of which we haven't seen since the hey-day of Iceberg Slim. A book in three sections: the Good, characterized in the main by wry, upbeat humor; the Bad, casts an unsparing bedroom light on those who know what's right but still insist on doing wrong; the Ugly, shows just how readily the worst can be drawn out in all of us."
Dwight Hobbes (Mpls/St. Paul, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Insight News).
|Whispers and Moans
by Yeeshan Yang
Also available at
|"...The streets of Kowloon are home to a bewildering range of sex businesses but how do local prostitutes deal with the competition posed by mainland chinese women? Yang spent 12 months talking to those involved and this is just one of the questions she answers in her book." Khome|
|"Wilson...should be commended on creatively combining 80+ years of ancestors and events in such a well organized and concise manuscript. Mary displays her black pride in the variety of family hues, from near white, and medium brown to ebony black. I recommend this book for all born in this melting pot called America."
by Mary Wilson
| Under Every Deep
by Lamonique Hamilton
|"...The rich texture of Hamilton’s poetry brings the reader many pleasures, stimulating many senses of the mind with a reprise of views on themes old and new. Proving both insightful, touching and even lyrical..." Khome|
|"I recently read this very powerful book by a new author. The first two chapters blew me away. It's a book of poetry, but it's not the normal thing, it's powerful. It puts the spotlight on the black community, politics, and our role in it...it's definitely something a lot of people are going to be talking about." -Madison Jones|
|"I felt that this book should target ages 6 and older because at age 6, children are still very impressionable and have hard issues to deal with amongst their peers, just as older children do.|
The reasons I wrote this book are complicated. I believe that within the black (African American) community there are underlying issues that prevent some from making progress. Consider, a people casually using a derogatoryterm towards one another -that was once used against them. I can't figure out why we would do that?
I asked myself that for a very long time.
I hear children as young as 4 or 5 using the word 'nigga', but I never hear anyone admonish them for it.
"Don't Call Me Nigga"
By Zekita Tucker
|I am a believer of 'words having power' and in my mind, if children are taught to stay away from negative language and behaviour, then we surely will have a chance in the days to come. These are the issues that are covered in the book. The book is written like any other child's story except the situation is more realistic." the author|
I am deep in your book and ready for this evening's bedtime installment
"Arguments". That promises to be a "right rivetting read".
I am enjoying the book very much and think it is very brave of you both to
delve deep into your relationship and bare your souls to the world in print!
It is very easy to read and carries one along in the story of your lives
together with ease.
I think a lot of your problems and triumphs are very close to home for any
couple whatever their colour, religious bent etc and it is really intersting
to read how your lives together have panned out...The warmth and humour shines through in your writings and I think the way
you have written it with both of your sides of the various chapter headings
and then your little summaries at the ends is inspired..."
Dee and John -reader review 2007
|One Love Two Colours
by Bobby Smith &
Tony Johnson is soon to graduate from much more than high school. His zip code places him in a Bronx tenement, whilst his sights are set far beyond the trappings of a humble upbringing.
Collegiate dreams and dating a white classmate put Tony strongly at odds with his father. His sister's chastity is lost and his brother C.J.’s rebellious ways place him in danger on gang ruled streets. Tony is punished for the sins of his ambitions; loving Janet Mitchell blindly, and refusing to bend to their father's will. When Lionel Johnson’s job and role as primary breadwinner are lost, his authority erodes and bitterness is dealt with one drink at a time. Tony asserts his right to become his own man rather than allowing his fate to be set by chance and circumstance.
Through his debut novel, Pickering shows the world is neither as black nor as white as Tony or his father's opposing views might suggest. "Pickering's style is fluid and crisp. There's a certain clarity to the prose that's considered and well judged - just enough to paint the picture and more than enough to drive along the narrative." Khome
Find yourself pulled into a fictional tale of romance and dishonest commodities trading in The Swindler, by Michelle Malsbury. Gain an insight - set in Key West, Florida, the author displays her vast love for and knowledge of the area.|
Prepare to meet a range of true to life, memorable characters; Catherine, The Commodities Broker, Connie, Catherine’s best friend, Shamus, the man who thinks he is the right man for Catherine, and Skip, a ruthless dubious finance schemer who is being
investigated by the Feds. A gripping page turner that will have you wondering what'll happen next. So come on and take a step and roll through the world of this well written and descriptive novel. (based on Judy Ramsook - Austin News Service review).|
The Swindler, ISBN 9780-9844219-4-7
|"The Boy from Willow Bend tells the story of Vere, an Antiguan youth, with an irrepressible spirit which is tested as he comes of age amid poverty, loss, and hard knocks. The women in his life help shape him."
The Boy from Willow Bend, now on the Antigua schools’ reading list, speaks especially to young readers, whilst recounting experiences that many grown ups will be familiar with. It’s about a boy, trying to hold on to what’s real and precious to him, trying to find his way in the world, learning to be a man.
Order the 2009 edition (ISBN-10: 1906190291/ISBN-13: 978-1906190293) at local retailers, online at Amazon / others, or contact HANSIB http://www.hansib-books.com, email@example.com
by Joanne C Hillhouse
|"There's no better opening to a review than the dawning lines of this very readable and engaging children’s (aged 8 – 12) novel. 'Zac awoke with a start. Raised voices sliced through the darkness as booted feet hurried across the cobblestones of the castle’s courtyard.' Such is the 'live and kicking' swiftness with which this sword and sorcery tale begins that before you know it, you find yourself tumbling forward through the pages, and being pleasantly rewarded.
'This is it, thought the boy, but I’m not ready.' Humble stable boy Zac works hard at Albemerle castle. Despite being in service at the castle, Zac is well treated and happy. However, dormant lays a sense of the greater role to which he’s destined; emerging as Vorac the evil Master schemes to take over the entire Kingdom. It's an enjoyable read, a story with a great hook, that promises much right from the outset, a lead character that children can identify with, magic and mystery and doubtless a noble adventure unfolding page on effortless page.
Just to make sure, my boyhood having been left behind a way back, I sought the view of one nine year old and was pleased to find the sample that he read was 'really good'.
North is skilful in her writing, combining descriptive prose with a high stakes quest, a vulnerable fifteen year old hero, and those on whom his fate rests. I can highly recommend this book for those youngsters (and young at hearts) seeking excitement, adventure, legendary swords and a final battle to save cherished lands." Khome
- Zac's Destiny, ISBN-10: 1849232326.
by lynne North
In a world of online content it's good to have an independent platform from which to promote your work. It doesn't have to be a traditional book and it doesn't even have to be complete - it's about the quality of the writing where ever it exsits and how ever it can be accessed and read.