REVIEW: The Spite House

A spite house is a house that is built literally to piss off the neighbors. This particular spite house has been reported to be haunted and the owner is looking for someone to stay there to document what is happening. Eric and his daughters are looking for a quick way to make money as theyContinue reading “REVIEW: The Spite House”

REVIEW: The Vanishing Half

This is a story about a set of twins who were born in small town Louisiana. This town is full of light-skinned African-Americans and the twins fit in, but hope for more in life. When they run away, one decides to live a drastically different life pretending that she has white. The other marries aContinue reading “REVIEW: The Vanishing Half”

REVIEW: Sharks in the Time of Saviors

This story explores Hawaiian culture and beliefs in a world where mainstream culture is sweeping away that identity. We follow one family who think they have been touched by the gods, destined for greatness after their 7 year old son is saved by sharks. Their belief in the potential to pull themselves out of the worldContinue reading “REVIEW: Sharks in the Time of Saviors”

REVIEW: River Sing Me Home

“She gave herself permission to live, as she had given herself permission to live before. There was a kernel of something indestructible inside her, that neither slavery nor grief could shatter.” ————– “Here was a motherless child, and though Rachel was not a childless mother, there were plenty of holes in her heart where childrenContinue reading “REVIEW: River Sing Me Home”

REVIEW: What’s Mine and Yours

This is the story of two families in rural North Carolina, we see their lives through several decades. Both families have challenging socioeconomic circumstances, they’ve dealt with violence, substance abuse and criminal activity. Their lives crash when the local schools integrate and we see one family who is white passing and one who is definitivelyContinue reading “REVIEW: What’s Mine and Yours”

REVIEW: This Poison Heart

Briseis is adopted and living happily, albeit maybe not so affluently with her mothers. They run a flower shop that relies on Brisies’s special talent with plants. They can’t quite explain it and know enough to keep it secret but it’s barely helping them scrape by. On the summer of Briseis’s 17th year, they areContinue reading “REVIEW: This Poison Heart”

REVIEW: Before I Let Go

Yasmen and Josiah have a marriage all of their friends envy but after a year of loss their marriage has ended and they’ve moved on to being business partners and co-parents. They are navigating their new reality trying to balance their children’s reactions and their own feelings. I thought this was a very real andContinue reading “REVIEW: Before I Let Go”

REVIEW: Black Cake

Eleanor Bennett has died and her children are left a recording that rocks their world. Byron is the successful and faithful son who stood by his parents as they aged. Benny is a bit more of a free spirit working to find herself and fulfillment and her parents have judged her choices causing her toContinue reading “REVIEW: Black Cake”

Pub Day REVIEW: House of Eve

In this novel, Johnson gives us the story of two Black girls in the 1950’s who come from different circumstances facing the realities of growing up. Ruby is a high school girl in a scholarship program, looking to be an ophthalmologist, a huge feat considering her family background. When she meets and falls for aContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: House of Eve”