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About the Author

Monice Mitchell Simms is a talented writer, filmmaker and veteran journalist who penned "Stop the Great War," - a play she later rewrote and produced as a tele-drama for public television. She also brought to life "Carmin's Choice" - a Showtime showcase film about a female ex convict, and directed "Rain" - a Showtime showcase film about World War III - which she also wrote. Producer of the award-winning television public service announcement, "Power," Monice also recently ventured into the world of radio/television by producing "Prepare for Love," an Internet relationship talk show hosted by Relationship Coach, Ryeal Simms. She also recently produced and edited the Internet trailer and bonus footage for the feature documentary, "Stand;" directed "Breaking the Silence," public service announcement about teen dating violence sponsored by Verizon; and produced and edited a leadership documentary and public service announcement series for youth commissioned by the Tavis Smiley Foundation. Currently, Monice is penning her second book of poetry, "Brighter This Time." She is also producing and directing the audio digi-book series based on her debut novel, "Address: House of Corrections," and writing "The Mailman's Daughter," the second novel in the three book series inspired by the life of her mother.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450568092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450568098
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,376,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I was taken with this novel from the first chapter. The characters are especially real and engaging. Monice Mitchell Simms proves to be a masterful writer as she tells this very personal and emotional story about the life of a young African American woman and the struggles she faces as a child and young adult. But more than that, it is a story of a family which spans generations and provides a probing look not only into the private and difficult lives of its characters but into the youthful days of a city rich with personality, promise, and possibility. Finally, this is a beautiful, almost poetic, story told in a language rich with diction and imagery. I found myself caring about this story...caring about these characers and anxious to learn what happens next in, what I hope will be, a sequel .
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Monice Mitchell Simms is a storyteller. I don't mean that to sound light or insignificant. In this near epic tale of a bright young girl from Jim Crow era Locust Grove, Georgia to her tumultuous teen years in the Motor City, Simms demonstrates such dexterity in her debut novel. Merry's tale opens with her life in the South living with her grandmother and her "selfish" younger brother. After, Merry makes an unthinkable sacrifice to save him, the looming consequences leave her grandmother no choice but to send her "up North" to the mother who abandoned her children. In Detroit, her life seems to be heading towards triumph as she's a successful student and bourgeoning pianist and singer. However, her demons get the best of her and she begins to console her not quite teenaged self with alcohol. Merry quickly finds herself on a downward spiral as a teen mom, dealing with addictions, and a hole in her soul she can't seem to fill. Right up to the bittersweet end, Merry never seems to lose her fight even though she fouls up quite a bit along her journey to self. Don't think that this is a typical, or stereotypical, tale of Black youth gone rogue. There are nuances to this novel not quite expected and while flawed, Merry remains endearing throughout. Every character, from the closeted gay male to the stifled preacher's daughter gone bad to the alluring bad boy, is well thought and fleshed out.

Simms has written such a page turner that it's girth surprisingly never hits any lulls or feels overworked. This debut is also the promising beginning of a trilogy of which I highly anticipate the sequel, The Mailman's Daughter. If you like great, meaty stories, do get your hands on a copy of Address: House of Corrections.
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From Locust Grove, Georgia to Detroit, Michigan, the debut novel from Monice Mitchell Simms is a journey that grabs a hold of you from page one and doesn't let you go until the end. Even then, you'll be begging for more.

Address: House of Corrections opens with the main character's, Merry, release from prison in 1965. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn that Merry and her brother Johnson have been raised by their grandmother in the south until events force them to relocate to Detroit and the mother that abandoned them shortly after birth. Immediately fascinated with the sporting life her Aunt Teenie lives, Merry falls in with a bad crowd and sets the course for her life.

Having been abandoned by her own mother, one would think that Merry would take steps to insure that the same does not happen with her own kids. But much like her mother, Merry finds herself chasing after some thing and someone, leaving her kids to be raised like her mother in a history repeating cycle.

What did you like about this book?
It was extremely well written. The characters are very believable and you find yourself wanting to know more about them. I was especially fascinated by the mother's relationship with her son versus her daughter. It is said that in the African American community mothers love their sons and raise their daughters. The author completely comprehends that and uses it to her advantage in telling the story.

What didn't you like about this book?
I honestly could not find anything to dislike.

What could the author do to improve this book?
The author provides an excerpt from the follow up book in the back of this book. I'm going to need her to keep writing so that I can read the sequel sooner than later.
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Monice Mitchell Simms is a voice destined to be heard, whose writings I foresee becoming a part of African American literary mainstays such as Alice Walker & Toni Morrison. Address: House of Corrections was a visual journey. Monice's writing style is vivid, poetic, and descriptive, caught somewhere between novelist, poet, and cinemaphile. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! The story was often heart wrenching, revelatory, at times comical, but always truthful and honest. A shining depiction of an African American experience during the Great Migration north. These characters were caught between their old southern world, wrought with racism, oppression, and poverty, and their new northern world, shining with hope and possibilities, yet still overshadowed by the foreboding and not so distant violent past.

Wonderfully complex and dimensional, no one in this novel is faultless, yet all are innocent products of a difficult period and an often harsh reality. This journey, though the story of one young woman, is in deed a microcosmic account of the history of urban issues such as inner city violence, drugs, and drug abuse, that has negatively impacted and decimated African American families in the U.S. Nonetheless, it was also allegorical to current minority immigration experiences such as Mexico/US and Africa/Europe.

I couldn't put this book down. A page turner, each burning beneath my finger, I read it in two days! Awesome. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy.

- Quincy LeNear Gossfield
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