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Daughter Denied is a powerful and uplifting story, told through the eyes of 7-year-old Tina, a sensitive and precocious African-American girl, and her mother Earnestine, who's trapped in a cycle of heroin addiction and co-dependency. This grim routine leaves Tina and her siblings trapped in a grueling cycle themselves; bouncing from one hole-in-the-wall to another, vacillating between faith and despair as Earnestine makes and breaks promise after promise to end her drug use and leave their abusive stepfather Brother Floyd. At her wits end, Earnestine takes Tina and her siblings down south to live with Aunt Veronica. Will the south become the much awaited promise land or just another broken promise?
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Aug 3, 2009"Daughter Denied" You have something very special here. I am an avid reader and have enjoyed books from a variety of writers, ranging from Alice Walker to Terry McMillian. However, there is something very unique about this book. It's powerful in a very subtle way. It pulls you in so deeply to the story, the characters the era. Daughter Denied is going places.
Apr 7, 2009"Work What You Got!" Daughter Denied starts out with 7-year-old Tina Ann Rivers telling her life story as she sees things. Tina's main concern is that she doesn't fit in with her family. She is the darkest out of everyone, she's the only one with short nappy hair, and she has ashy black skin. Not realizing how beautiful she really is, she tries to stay out of the way to keep from being treated horrible by her mother's husband Brother Floyd. Going through life not knowing her father is the biggest concern Tina has. All she wants to know is what he looks like, considering the fact that everyone else in the family is high yellow with long "good hair" and pretty eyes. She knows that her mother has been married to Brother Floyd for as long as she can remember. Tina knows that he's not her father, and longs to know if her real father loves her or even knows that she exists. All throughout Tina's childhood, Brother Floyd has been in and out of jail. They are practicing... More > Muslims when he's home; but they go to church when he's away, leaving Tina completely confused. She knows that staying in school and achieving as much as she can will be the only thing that will change her life. As a result, Tina becomes a much stronger person than her drug-abusing mother Earnestine. Earnestine is so caught up into both Brother Floyd and dope that she can't seem to see the way it is affecting her children, especially Tina. Taking on the role of big sister and mother to her younger siblings, Tina is responsible for everything that happens in the house when Earnestine is out getting high. On top of dealing with the mess that Earnestine continues to create, Tina still deals with her complexion and how to fit in. I fully enjoyed Daughter Denied. Ms. Thomas brought everything to life. She had you routing for Tina. Throughout the entire story, you knew she was determined not to become a victim of her circumstance. However, with all the things her mother put her through, you weren't sure if she would make it or not. The phrase 'what don't kill you can only make you stronger' rings true in this story. Even though Daughter Denied was a work of fiction, I could just imagine this all really happening, and I'm sure there are plenty of Tina's out there. 5 out of 5 books Reviewed by Angie for Urban Reviews< Less
Mar 6, 2009"Daughter Denied" There must be a sequel. I was so impressed. I loved the book X3. I started reading it Monday on the Metro and finished it Friday. I was so mad because I didn't want it to be over. I loved Tina and Brother Floyd made me so angry at times. I was shocked by some parts, saddened by some parts and so happy at others. I had to get my Kleenex. It was a wonderful book and I have ordered 7 books for my friends and family.
Dec 25, 2008"Daughter Denied" Daughter Denied pushed emotional buttons in me I never knew even existed. It will make you mad, happy, crazy, frustrated but most of all it will inspire you beyond your imagination.
Oct 31, 2008"Daughter Denied" INTENSE DRAMA From San Francisco and New Orleans to Los Angeles, this riveting story spans over a decade and is told through the eyes of seven-year-old Tina Ann Rivers and her mother Earnestine. Growing up in 1960’s through the 70’s was no easy task for Tina and her family. Her mother Earnestine is addicted to drugs as well as to her husband. Earnestine is so in love with her husband much to the confusion of Tina and her siblings who call their stepfather Brother Floyd. They wonder what this man has over their mother since he’s proved time and time again that he isn’t worthy of her love. The prison has a revolving door that attracts Brother Floyd. When he is in confinement he seems sorry for being the criminal that he is and stresses to his family that this is the last time! Earnestine promises her children that she won’t take Brother Floyd back and tries to get along without him. But this needy mother can’t really cope and uses drugs as a crutch. The... More > children especially Tina, rejoice when their abusive step father is not around but notice their mother’s sadness also. The five children all have different fathers and Tina constantly wonders what happened to hers and why he doesn’t come and take her away with him. As the story unfolds Brother Floyd’s disposition becomes clear. Family members of Earnestine and Brother Floyd’s step in to try and ease the burden on Earnestine; making things seem normal for a while…but for the Rivers family anything good doesn’t last long…and soon the vicious cycle returns and threatens to tear this family apart for good! Read about the tribulations this family goes through… will they ever be together as a “normal” family? Will Tina grow up with hatred in her heart? Read this superb drama and find out!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and once I started could not put this novel down! As a mother there were times in this book I wanted to slap Earnestine! Growing up with a stepfather myself I totally understood the thoughts and actions of Tina and her siblings. This is an emotional read but also a joyful one bringing to light numerous messages and hopes. Author Alretha Thomas wasted no time getting the reader’s attention, and the use of Tina and Earnestine’s letters written to secondary characters was an excellent way to help expedite the story! A great title choice that fits this story like a glove along with the extraordinary characters and the intense original plot this novel certainly has the makings of a bestseller! Excellent work Ms Thomas! Locksie May 25, 2008 ARC Book Club Inc. Star Rating 5. *****< Less
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- Alretha Thomas (Standard Copyright License)
- May 12, 2008
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.1 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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