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Portia Paperback – August 1, 1998

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With the civil rights movement as an intrinsic component of the story, Portia chronicles the strengths gained from struggle. One is left with the distinct knowledge that life's solemn tragedies are always matched by its impassioned splendor. -- World Wide Magazines and Books --World Wide Magazines and Books

Reading more like a personal memoir rather than a novel, Portia displays an innocence and a hope that is rare in modern novels. The author's research is impeccable, but the book is far from being a text on how to deal with life, rather it is an affirmation of faith, a testament to Portia's family's values. I wanted to spend more time with Portia. Ms. Turney, your work has added a new work to my read-again-and-savor list. -- Under the Covers Book Reviews --Under the Cover Book Reviews

Denise Turney's is a new, different and compelling voice. She relates poverty and base reality so that it clutches at you even as snippets of polished sophistication lull you into believing that the rawness of life is ephemeral. The dignity of her characters leaps from the pages, and neither poverty, a frightening illness nor an all-powerful need for love and affection can camouflage it. -- Gwynne Forster, Author of Ecstasy and Obsession --Bestselling author, Gwynne Forster, Author of Ecstasy and Obsession

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As it regards my time of Portia writing, I created Portia when I was in my early 20s serving in the United States Navy and dealing with a breast cancer scare. The life of Portia began as a series of letters that I wrote my family as expressions of appreciation for the precious memories and support that they had gifted me with since my birth. I didn't think that I would see my 25th birthday. Later, I transformed those letters into the inspirational book - Portia, the fictionalized breast cancer memoir that focuses on the faith, trust and courage of an Afro American woman trial lawyer. 

Like her mother and grandmother, Portia is among Chicago's women leaders who commit to trusting God and living a life without limits despite long odds. It's how she leans on her faith, family's love and soul mate relationship with an African American man as she deals with breast cancer that sets Portia among the great inspirational women. 

Since it was published, the life of Portia has encouraged and uplifted many readers. This inspirational book has been picked up by Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, book clubs and bookstores. While on book tours, readers have shared touching stories of how Portia has inspired them and their loved ones to continue to do the work to heal. I hope that you will read and enjoy Portia's inspiring story, especially if you or someone who you know is dealing with or has dealt with breast cancer. Be blessed. Be inspired!

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chistell Pub; 3rd edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 120 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0966353900
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0966353907
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.98 x 0.26 x 9.02 inches
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