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Depth of Focus: A Novel Paperback – March 20, 2012
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From the Author
I wrote "Depth of Focus: A Novel" before "Depth of Focus: The Stanzas." Both books are adaptations of an original script I wrote several years ago. The story follows a young woman's journey across state borders, relationships and emotions she'd hoped she'd dismissed years before. But, Danni's life is complicated -- and sometimes made better -- by the people who seem to be tearing her in different directions on a daily basis.
Family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, a roommate, former lovers and the man she's trying not to fall in love with vie for her attention while she's trying to save up money to go to school until she's nearly ready to run for the exit. Drama, comedy, romance, sibling rivalry, alienation, miscommunication, secrets, lies, the truth, love and heartbreak are all just part of the roller coaster as Danni goes for (and adjusts) her dream.
I have a poetry and music background. So, it was likely only natural for me to incorporate verse into the way I told DOF. The novel might look like regular prose. But, it's not. The stanzas show the exact same words the way I heard them in my head. Now, I write both versions simultaneously. It saves me the trouble of going back later and trying to remember all those rhythms. Readers can find excerpts and short stories on my site.
From the Back Cover
FICTION -- VERSE NOVEL
After years of putting her family first, Danni decides it's finally time to take care of her own wants and needs. But, leaving everyone behind to follow her dreams in a new city presents its own set of challenges for the twenty-four-year-old aspiring photographer who didn't get to go to college when she had the chance. Without a scholarship, she's financially on her own.
As she struggles to balance a meddling roommate, nosy neighbor, former lover, current lover, mostly-absent father, jealous sibling, insecure best friend and suicidal mother with the demands of her lousy waitressing job, approaching birthday party and shrinking college fund, she realizes her dreams might not come true. Returning home a failure becomes more and more likely by the day. But, if she continues keeping everyone who cares about her at arm's length, she stands to lose a lot more than a promising career. She could lose her family and a shot at what she fears the most - falling in love.
In this verse novel -- that looks like ordinary prose -- Depth of Focus tells the story of a young woman's quest for independence and career success. Complicated by relationships that pull her in different directions, that path leads Danni to an awakening she never expected -- and isn't quite sure she wants. Plans can change. But, Danni wonders... can people?
Kenya D. Williamson is a verse novel and short fiction author, poet, screenwriter, actress and occasional blogger from Levittown, Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
When she's not working on a book, she's usually writing scripts for TV, film and the internet, updating her website or cheering for her favorite sports teams.
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At her best Williamson captures in conversations the workings of the inner minds of her young female characters. While a character may be saying something in the heat of a moment, at the same time she is also aware of simultaneous and different views that she holds on the same subject.
And in her inner mind she is filled with doubts as to why she expresses a particularly negative view when there are others she could just as easily have chosen from. Even as this rings true for me from the women I have known, Kenya expresses this in literature better than anyone else I have read.
On the down side the author claims to live in Los Angeles where she acts and writes screen plays and television scripts. While such experiences no doubt have helped her to pay the bills, they have also led her to graft a neatly packaged, deux ex machina, happy and romantic ending onto what might otherwise have been an excellent novel.
Such an ending ruins any pretense of the reality Kenya works hard to create and only serves to please those who love Hollywood films and predictable romance fiction. Such people read these books, trash them and then "next".
It is a shame. Kenya has a gift. She can do so much more than that. But it will mean challenging herself to finish a book that will stay just as real as how it begun. She will lose endless readers in the process. But those who do read her will remember her. And her work will likely be as fresh and meaningful fifty years from now as it will be today.
Kenya If you have enough money to get by, give it a shot. What do you have to lose?
I received this book to review, this in no way influenced my opinion
*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
And the story sounds true, plausible, even autobiographic- I don't know whether it's the case. Danni didn't have the best start in life. Her dad left and her mum is very sick. Depth of Focus tells the story of her quest for independence, and how her love of photography might be her redemption (hence the title, Depth of focus).
I actually liked it so much that I am going to buy a few books to give to my friends as a present.