Review: How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch by D. Bryant Simmons

Posted 29 June, 2015 by DLWhite in Reviews 2 Comments

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The Morrow Girls
D. Bryant Simmons
Bravebird Publishing
January 2, 2014

In the wake of her father’s sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky’s violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?

A poignant addition to literary and African American fiction, this award winning novel explores the choices that contemporary women must face and the consequences of domestic abuse. If you love dynamic female leads and succinct yet poetic storytelling, this novel is for you.

Not a huge fan of half stars but I’d give this book  a 3.5 star review if I could. For most of this book I was hanging on by my fingernails. The story was realistic and gripping without being gratuitous in its violence. I understood what was happening without needing exposition and I all at once was frustrated with and had sympathy for the simple girl who fell in with a man before she even knew what life was about.

Toward the end, however, the conclusion felt rushed and so many details glossed over. So much time spent unraveling the story… So little time wrapping it up.

The writing is real, true to life and envelops the reader in Pecan’s world in a way few writers manage to accomplish. I would not hesitate to recommend this title and I plan to pick up the next book in the series.

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