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Product Details

  • Series: Zane Presents
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books; Reprint edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593092210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593092214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this 2001 self-published title, picked up Strebor's "Zane Presents" series, four college friends uneasily forge adult lives: Britton has ditched a job as a school psychologist for a life of leisure in the Dominican Republic; Indera, or Indy, is a "mack diva" who runs a successful beauty salon and takes up with whomever she likes, but considers most men unreliable at best. Damascus, aka Tee, strips for a living, and has no problem hooking up with club-going women. Chyna, the good girl, is married, rockily, with children. Childhood traumas-a variety of sexual and emotional abuses and terrors-are close to the surface of the adult lives of Birch's four survivors, and when pasts and presents collide, the results are fierce melodrama. Snappy dialogue, trash talk (from Tee) and steamy sex keep the proceedings moving as the four, each in his or her own way, attempt to hold it together.
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Review

"Dywane D. Birch is destined to become one of the best-known authors on the literary scene today. If you have not read this book, what are you waiting for?" -- New York Times bestselling author Zane

"Snappy dialogue, trash talk...and steamy sex keep the proceedings moving as the four...attempt to hold it together." -- Publishers Weekly

"Shattered Souls really enlightens, encourages, and forces us to examine our lives." -- Collen Dixon, author of Simon Says and Every Shut Eye

More About the Author

Dywane D. Birch, a graduate of Norfolk State University and Hunter College, is the author of Beneath the Bruises (2008), From My Soul to Yours (2007), Shattered Souls (2007), and When Loving You is Wrong (2005). In addition, he is a contributing author to the compelling compilation, Breaking the Cycle(2005), edited by Zane--a collection of short stories on domestic violence, which won the 2006 NAACP Image award for outstanding literary fiction. He is also a contributing author to the anthology Fantasy (2007), a collection of erotica short stories. He is the author of the novella, The Goddess of Desire in Zane's erotica anthology Another Time, Another Place.

Dywane has a master's degree in psychology, and is a clinically certified forensic counselor. A former director of an adolescent crisis shelter, he continues to work with adolescents and adult offenders, while working on his next literary endeavor.

Customer Reviews

It will make you laugh and cry.
Beverly Cruz
Dywane D. Birch did an excellent job of giving the reader exactly what we needed to get to know the characters and feel their abuse and pain.
Reader's Paradise
Peace and I look forward to your next book.
B. Eaves

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Reader's Paradise VINE VOICE on July 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
They say birds of a feather flock together;in Dywane D. Birch's debut
novel, you will meet four friends with shattered souls. In the
opening chapter we are introduced to Britton, taking a break from
life in the Dominican Republic; Damascus the gyrating, dancing gigolo
who does more than his share of bed hopping; Indera the risk taker
who owns a successful beauty salon and loves giving the fellas
attitude; lastly, Chyna who is educated, married and the mother of
four and living the life or is she? From the outside, all four of
these adults appear to be living the life, but if we took the time to
peel away some of the layers, would we find happiness or lost souls?
It is very rare that I can read a book with four main characters and
not lose focus. Dywane D. Birch did an excellent job of giving the
reader exactly what we needed to get to know the characters and feel
their abuse and pain. Each of them was abused and as I read their
story, I cried. I cried for their pain and cried in prayer that they
would survive. My only issue with the book was the font, it could've
been one point larger. This book made me angry at the injustices in
this world against children. Everyone needs to read this eye-opening novel, and I look forward to further works by this author.
Missy
APOOO BookClub
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SCBC, Inc. on October 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Check it out! Shattered Souls is a page-turning novel that I finished in two days! On the surface, the four main characters appear to be either ruthless sex-fiends, a passive beauty or a peer counselor who has answers for everyone but himself. But soon the novels uncovers the core of the characters and then you understand why they have become what they are. The "monsters" that they have created within themselves begin to churn deep in their souls, causing them to re-evaluate their actions so that they can move on in life. One by one, they all answer to themselves for their past mistakes and find peace.
Britton Landers runs away from his problems to the Dominican Republic but finally decides to face his past ghosts from childhood that made him begin to run in the first place. Indera Fleet, my girl because she gave cheating men what they deserved, is true and real to everyone but somehow she lied and degraded herself with her vengeful nature. Now, I gotta admit, she gave some people what they deserved but she took it to the extreme. We all know a Damascus Miles (well maybe some of us) but this brother finally realizes why he had to have one woman coming in and another going out the back door. Chyna Littles character bored me until she got with "the real" and stepped up to her ungrateful, psychotic daughter only after her daughter scratched the surface of a festering wound within her by calling her white.
Definitely a must-read if you enjoy racy, suspenseful novels that have you laughing at one moment and surprised and disgusted the next. -NM
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "mhenson887" on May 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book expecting to find a the oh-so familiar "Friends" storyline that I've read too many times before. NOT SO! SHATTERED SOULS IS A PAGE TURNER! Britton, Indera, Damascus and Chyna are the friends WE know or wish WE knew. This book speaks a language true to the hearts of those who love as hard as they work as hard as they party! As each character blossoms throughout the book, you can't help but feel and understand their underlying pain. The author truly creates an oxymoron of shallow and deep - Through these characters he shows how the superficial things in life are just a facade, temporarily masking the hurt until one learns to truly let love in again. This book will leave you wanting more. I can smell a Trilogy in the making, but I'll settle for one sequel if Mr. Birch writes it soon enough. A must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Walley on January 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Shattered Souls is a really fun book with 4 really great characters: Britton, Indera, Damascus, and Chyna. I thought that Indera and Damascus had the most fun in the book and they were the characters who I found, at times, to cause me to burst out laughing from their comments and situations. This was an excellent story that starts off kind of on the superficial side but, by the end of the book, you get to much better understand why each character behaves the way he or she does.[...]Excellent story by newcomer Dywane Birch. I was told, by the author himself, that there IS a sequel in the works so fans of this book, like myself, should look forward to the return of these wonderful characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader on April 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Shattered Souls is an easy and exciting book to read. It touches all your emotions. The story line and details keep you interested and not wanting to put the book down. The characters and storyline are well developed. It is a great read for both males and females.
This is a story of four friends who have had their own personal struggles, but they are still able to survive. They deal with their issues and try to accept their past. They are able to express their opinions and feelings and still remain friends. This book gives you an idea of how true friendship really can be.
I would and I did recommend it to our book club. This was a really good book.
Imani Sister: Mary
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