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Born at Dawn (Urban Books) Paperback – September 30, 2014
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Winner of the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Award for First Fiction
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She meets Cheo, a handsome Latino, living in the same complex. They become romantically involved. At home, Marvin is still up to his shenanigans with drinking and women. Pastor David tried to counsel him too, but Marvin had no respect for David. Marvin had known David when they were together in a gang as teenagers, and he refused to believe David was any different now just because he was a pastor. Six years later Cynthia returns — but it won’t be to bring her boys back with her.
I’d seen some reviews saying how appropriate the title was for this story; I found it was not evident until close to the end. This is Christian fiction with Pastor David quoting the Bible and trying to get both of them to give their lives over to Jesus. I can fully appreciate that aspect of the story. For non-Christians, it may be too faith based. The characterization was skillful and I had no problem picturing the scenes. Upon Cynthia’s return, I did find that both her and Marvin’s thoughts and expressions to be somewhat odd. Overall, I enjoyed Nigeria Lockley’s debut novel and rated it 3.5 out of 5.
Cynthia chose to do the unthinkable: she abandoned her children and left them with an abusive parent. She escaped, but left her two sons behind in a dangerous situation. I wanted to judge her. I wanted to dislike her. But Lockley manages to portray Cynthia’s humanity and brokeness in a way that garnered my sympathy. For Cynthia, leaving her children was the equivalent of putting the oxygen mask on herself first when the plane is going down. She had to save herself in order to have any chance of being there for her children.
Born at Dawn also offers narrative from the perspective of Cynthia’s abusive husband Marvin. The monster becomes human as we are allowed to see the history and patterns of neglect that stem from Marvin’s shady childhood. He is flawed, arrogant, manipulative and childish, yet I found myself rooting for his recovery.
Born at Dawn is unpredictable and delectable. I devoured this book and savored the flavor of love long after I finished it. I have mixed feelings about the ending, and I hope there’s a sequel or spin-off coming soon. If you want to read a book that will challenge your moral compass and have you feeling some type of way, then you HAVE to read Born at Dawn!
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This well written and descriptive story has me emotionally spent. It hit too close to home.
I appreciate the Author writing about a subject that seems to be taboo among... Read more
This was a hands down excellent book. Cynthia was an inspirational woman. She and I related a lot. I can read this book over and over....the only flaw was the end, it messed me up.Published 11 months ago by Latasha Belk
This is the spell-binding story of the devastating effects of physical and emotional abuse on a family. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jaqijaqi
> I just finished the book ! my eyes are filled with water It was great ! I love a book where I can feel the characters as if I were there. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Moca Mommy
The story depicts a real issue in today's society. This book is well written, the characters are believable, and the details and writing style are vivid and imaginative. Read morePublished 19 months ago by B. Coleman
This book made me cry, made me mad. I didn't like the ending, but it was a page turner. The message the author had in this book was very powerful, God is always in control. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Marvin and Cynthia Barclay are married and they are raising two boys. Marvin works hard to provide for his family. Read morePublished 19 months ago by OOSA Online Book Club