- File Size: 1161 KB
- Print Length: 195 pages
- Publisher: Sola Mente Publishing (August 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005H7Z8KI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The characters are multi-faceted and are unique individuals in comparison to each other. They have a range of intelligences and ways of expression that makes their interpersonal relationships very interesting and not what would be expected. The beauty of these interactions is seen when the women decide to consolidate their living expenses by moving into one large house together.
I think one of the hidden gems in this story is how the author gave the children room to create their own conversations that caught the wisdom and curiosity that we don't always give our youth credit for.
"The Pride" has a few unpredictable yet intriguing plot twists that takes this story over the top in terms of being entertaining without being zany or vulgar.
"The Pride" is the perfect story if you're looking for something different in contemporary fiction.
The plus is that this is about the forming of a polyamorus family though it never uses that tag itself. The bad is how boring the dialogue and well, the first 2/3s of the book. Near the end of the book it seems the writing is less stilted and the characters become more real, and likable. Quoting of scripture seems out of place and a bit hypocritical. I must admit, though, I loved the dinner prayer near the end. It respects far more of where the meal came from than most I have heard.
The unreal part of this is not every "family" has one rich one who can get a bargain on a home big enough to contain that size family. But for this story it works. I would have loved to see another, more creative answer. But the first child needed to know where he came from and that did give us back story to base more story on.
I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Oh, why did the dyslexic have to sound so uneducated? Dyslexics are bright, they just have difficulties with writing and reading. They can speak brilliantly. And they find ways to compensate for what they can't do well. Just saying.
Although the situation of one father and the same (4) mothers is alien to me, the dialogue was so skillfully crafted that I could almost hear Regina, Xavari, and company conversing with me in the same room. And there is something about Ms. Field's style that had me rooting for all the characters - flaws, strengths, triumphs, tragedies, and all - until the last word. That includes, as another reviewer aptly noted, Emmanuel, the father.
In conclusion, I cannot think of a book I have enjoyed more in recent history. As an aside, Field's reference to the lion pride in the title and analogized to various characters throughout the work provided this reviewer with an extra compass and reference from which to fully enjoy the depths of her characters and their environment. No doubt Ms. Field's career as a novelist will continue to thrive.
Taryn Hook, J.D., P.I. (@Taryn72)
Kudos Ms. Fields. Can't wait to read more work from such a dynamic writer.