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Address: House of Corrections: a novel inspired Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book helps you to understand the circle of despair.Published 7 months ago by cynthia a thomas
RAW, HEART WRENCHING, ADD EVEN FUNNY, GREAT READ! Merry showed that life can change quickly based on the choices you make and not always for the best. Can't wait for part 2!Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This novel gave the characters depth and an insight to the era. This would be a recommended read for anyone and interesting discussion material for book clubs.Published on January 20, 2014 by Freda Larkin
Ms. Simms has captured the essence of life in her novel Address: House of Corrections. The stories with in the novel were a magnet which kept me reading more and more. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Sumiyyah
This is an incredible story. There is no doubt that this writer has captivated me in this wonderful story which takes place from the south to the midwest. Read morePublished on September 24, 2010 by Bruce