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About the Author

N.B. Edge is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He received both a Bachelor's of Science and a Master's of Science in Nursing from Howard University and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Incorporated, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Chi Eta Phi Nursing Organization. N.B. Edge is currently employed as a Director of Transition Management at a large healthcare system in Atlanta, Georgia.


In addition to creative writing, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, movies, music, theater and art.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434909336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434909336
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,803,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being an older, caucasian woman, the culture of African American teens/young adults is unknown to me. The author has written an earthy and insightful book into the life of abuse and dependency that is just beginning to be noted in our society. Bullying, not only in the physical sense, but the psychological sense is front and center in this book. Sexually graphic, yes, but pertinent to the story line of the brow beaten, insecure, dominated character who is only hoping for a kindness from someone. First novel from this author is great and left me desiring more of the story of these characters. Anticipating great reads that "open the mind and continue the discussion" from N.B. Edge!
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"The Many Shades of Indigo," a first novel by N.B. Edge, is a story told in many voices. The setting is Detroit in the late 1990s. Indigo Adams is a senior in high school. He lives with his abusive, drunken grandmother and is friendless until a charming classmate, Alexis, absorbs him into her group of friends. Unfortunately for Indigo, Alexis has a traumatic experience that convinces her she should leave for college in Atlanta early in the summer.

Indigo has gained some sense of confidence and he soon takes up with several young people who have summer jobs in the same grocery store. He also is building a good relationship with Ahmir, Alexis's old boyfriend. At this point, however, he is seduced by an older man in a homosexual relationship. Both the sex and accompanying physical abuse are graphically described. Indigo seems unable to cope with or take control of his life.

Much of the story is related by Thomasina Jenkins, Ahmir's mother. As a teenager, Thomasina had been in love with Indigo's father. While she went on to marry a fine man, James Jenkins brutally beat his wife to death and spent the rest of his life in prison. Her interest in Indigo is genuine and gives him the sort of maternal love he has been deprived of, but the intertwining of the two families -- initially offering such hope -- is to end in tragedy.

Some readers will definitely find the graphic descriptions of sexual and physical abuse very off-putting. Despite that caveat, bookreview.com finds this a well-written and compassionate first novel.
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Awesome!!!!!! I know this was fiction but the reality is that these things are really happening in society today but we refuse to discuss these issues. We hear people talk about homosexuality as a choice, 'born that way' or 'a fad' but the truth, whether we want to admit or not is that a majority of homosexuals, men and women, may have unfortunately experienced the same childhood as Indigo. Their choices were taken away from them long before they knew they had choices and this has become what most know as their norm. Let's not be so quick to judge but pray for healing and deliverance for those whose choice was snatched away from them way too soon. God bless N.B. Edge.
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This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It was good. The adventures of Indigo should have been the title. The things he endured in his life. Most people would have given up. He did what he had to do to survive....to a degree.

The abuse he took his entire life. I was sad for him. He tried to be strong and do what he felt was the right thing. He had grown to be accepted by those that teased him and ridiculed him. He tried to make it in life. Had grown confidence in himself. Learned to be the boss if his life. good for him.

Naph'Tali did an excellent job. An excellent read!!!
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This book was a very good read. I loved all the characters except the coach, the grandmother and the grandmother's perverted boyfriend. It's a shame they had to be so hateful. This book took me through a plethora of emotions from sad to sorrowful to shocked to happy. After reading this book I think we have another E. Lynn Harris on our hands. I am looking forward to the prequel to Shades of Indigo which comes out at the end of the year. I had the opportunity to meet the author in Atlanta and I just can't wait to see what he brings us next.
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The Many Shades of Indigo portrays a realistic view of issues relative to both inner city and suburban students today. These issues (bullying, physical, mental, emotional abuse, friendships) transcend color and gender lines and provide a view in the life of not just fictional characters like Indigo, but those who suffer from these traumatizing events in present day.

The emotional journey of the characters in this book serves as lessons for anyone who has witnessed and/or experienced such abuse. As you read, one becomes more committed to the emotions of each character moving through feelings of sadness, empathy, love, support, encouragement etc...... The writer N.B. Edge did a great job of providing a back drop for classrooms and families to engage discussions relating to these real life issues.

There are so many twists and turns the reader will never believe what actually happens on the next page. I cant wait to get a second serving!
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Hands down, this is a must read! N.B Edge author of the many shades of Indigo explore's the issues of poverty, homesexuality, abuse and addiction within the black teen culture. The characters in this book are all well developed and invite the reader inside of their world as they attempt to navigate through adolescents into young adult hood. Indigo the main characater is made fun of and taunted by his peers; however, he finds some glimpse of happiness during this period. This book is hard to put down and once you put it down it continues to stay present in your mind. I am looking forward to reading this author's next masterpiece. Cheers, Cupcake!
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