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Address: House of Corrections: a novel inspired Paperback – March 1, 2010
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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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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