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Despite her cushy Pasadena life and marriage to the preciously nicknamed "Milky," part-time college teacher Dahlia Chang suffers blackouts and headaches, can't remember a thing about her childhood except her mother dying suddenly and is subject to the malicious jealousy of mysterious bad girl Phoebe. Gradually, Pina (Bliss) reveals what the reader guesses early on—that Phoebe is an alter ego, the product of a mental trauma Dahlia suffered as a girl. Enter Dahlia's Aunt Baby, who resolves to heal Dahlia, even if it means hauling Dahlia to the plantationlike home in Dallas where she grew up to confront the past. Meanwhile, unaware of his wife's journey, Milky strikes out for Dallas on his own to investigate her mysterious condition and learns from resident grave digger Percival Tweed about Dahlia's sordid family history. Emotions drive this novel; the characters often amount to little more than convenient vehicles that speak and think in either hoary dialect or wooden exchanges. When the living and the dead finally reunite, the book picks up a small bit of suspenseful steam and becomes an affecting story about the power of family love to mend old wounds. (Nov.)
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Dahlia Chang is suffering a crushing depression, robbing her of the joy of having a devoted husband, loving daughter, and successful career. Her past? Her family? She doesn't remember, and she doesn't want to. As her depression deepens and threatens to completely alienate Dahlia from her family, her husband, Michael, decides to visit Dahlia's family in Dallas. Sensing the danger Dahlia is in, a long-lost great-aunt, who knows the secret behind Dahlia's disappearance and 20-plus-year estrangement from the family, travels to Los Angeles to rescue her great-niece. Dahlia's secret is tied to a family history of mental and emotional instability and the fateful day that tornado Sophea wrecked their lives. Pina, author ofBliss (2002), delivers strong characters and an intricate plot. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: One World/Ballantine (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345476190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345476197
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,110,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some things are better left unsaid...it's a recurring theme throughout Pina's latest release, Chasing Sophea, but quite the opposite, this gifted author says it all and much more! I loved Pina's first novel, Bliss, and couldn't' wait for Chasing Sophea. As expected, she didn't disappoint her fans, as Chasing Sophea is quite the gripping page-turner, which will leave you addicted to its pages!

In Chasing Sophea, Pina pulls the reader into a fascinating world of a prominent, southern, funeral parlor owning family that is forced to confront a series of deep, hidden secrets involving severe mental illness, love, betrayal, and suspense. A young writer, with a hearty old soul, Pina's depiction of southern folklore is well captured and expressed vividly through her characters, which immediately emotionally connect her readers, as each is that familiar family member.

In Chasing Sophea you'll meet Aunt Baby, the obvious rock of the Culpepper family, blessed with the "gift of healing." It's up to her to save one of her very own from self destructing, while also preserving the Culpepper name.

There's also Percival Tweed, the mysterious, suspicious, but also rather comforting, wise albino who knows all ands sees all, and lives on the Culpepper property.

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Dahlia, a successful businesswoman, with a dream husband and daughter, but who routinely encounters spells leaving her lost and confused about her present and past.

Lucious Culpepper -Dahlia's proud, handsome, emotionally subdued father who has long buried the seeds of the past, but is suddenly forced to face it at full speed and deal with self-feeding demons of his own.
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I listened to this book on Audible and I could have enjoyed the audio if the narrator(Shari Peele) did not take so many sips of water or whatever she was sipping. Toward the end of the book I could hardly take it anymore. It's like she started taking a sip after every 10 lines. It was so aggravating until I almost stop listening. Don't get me wrong, her voice was nice and so was her tone for each character, it was just the swallowing that drove me crazy. I would suggest to read the book instead of listening to the audio.
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Format: Paperback
Twenty-five years ago, a mentally ill Reva Culpepper took her three children for an afternoon drive on the cusp of a deadly tornado aptly named Sophea. Eleven-year old, Dahlia, the oldest daughter, would awaken from a coma three weeks later with a self-induced coping mechanism that will wreck havoc in her adult life.

The Culpepper dynasty is forever changed after that fateful event. Luscious Culpepper, a good-looking Creole and successful mortician, forbids mention of his wife, Reva, and the accident. He covers his pain by entering a loveless marriage to a smitten teenager half his age (and seven years older than Dahlia) and throws himself into his work. For years, Dahlia suffers in silence, moves from Dallas to Pasadena immediately after college, marries, and rarely mentions her family again. Seven years into her marriage with Michael, Dahlia's world begins to shatter. She experiences memory and time loss, migraines, and frightening nightmares which eventually lead her to therapy at her husband's insistence. It is here where the past and present collide and the novel gains momentum.

Pina pens a very suspenseful novel that keeps reader turning pages to see how things will play out. Although it appears as if Dahlia and Phoebe's relationship is the center of the story, I found myself more mesmerized with the other eccentric family members.
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By Glenda on September 20, 2012
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Chasing Sophea was a good book to aquaint yourself to Dissociative Personality Disorder. It wasn't too graphic, which was what I was worried about. The only problem I had with the book was I didn't want to put it down. I would reccomend that you stop reading it a couple of hours before going to bed!
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This story took about forty pages for it
to get to the page turning wonder what's gonna happen next kinda story.I feel a sequel would make for another good book by Ms Pina. I read her book Bliss and loved her writing style.
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Chasing Sophea tells the story of a wealthy southern African American family that made its money through five generations of operating funeral homes. Dahlia, the main character, is married to a wonderful man, has a daughter and a great career. However, her life begins to unravel as she starts having nightmares, the details of which she can never remember after she wakes up. Her nightmares and her unpredictable behavior prompt her husband to insist that she see a psychologist. Reluctantly she agrees to do so.

As the story unfolds we learn that the Culpepper family has had a long history of dysfunction. Hansome Lucius, Dahlia's father, was raised by his grandparents as if he was their son after his own parents went away to Paris, France, and never returned. Although his young wife is beautiful, Lucius acts as if she does not exist and imerses himself into the funeral home business as if his life depended on it. Aunt "Baby" Lucius's Aunt is a healer and clairvoyant who is in love with the albino, Percival, the Culpepper's gravedigger for more than thirty years. All the characters have secret demons.

Dahlia herself was involved in an extremely traumatic event at the age of 11 which has caused her to block out the past as a coping mechanism. Through the efforts of her husband and her Aunt "Baby" Dahlia is eventually forced to deal with her past.

The author frequently uses flashback techniques and switches between time, place and charcters with very little warning, which may be confusing to some readers. some of the charcters were sketchy and could have been more fully developed. Apart from that, this book was a quick and entertaining read.
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