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Tenth Letter Paperback – January 20, 2007
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About the Author
Kayona Ebony Brown grew up in Washington, DC, the scenic foundation for her debut novel, Tenth Letter. A natural born polymath, Kayona embraces her gifts as both an artist and a businesswoman. Invigorated by the complexities and nuances of the human experience, Kayona conceived Tenth Letter as a junior in high school and spent years developing the characters constructing their story. "I just like creating characters who feel and think and react and grow, and telling stories that intrigue and move and motivate audiences," Kayona says. When she decided to dive into her dream as an artistic entrepreneur, she established Brown'sTone to oversee her many entertainment ventures including record, TV, film, and book publishing divisions. Tenth Letter was the first product of the DC-based company and she plans to add to it with the prequel, Of Music & Men, a multimedia project that includes a scripted television show. "My priority right now is making sure that Tenth Letter, the novel, reaches everyone who needs its messages. [Then] I want to bring this vision to the big and small screens, so you can see it from every side, as it was intended. I think these stories is something we as women really need."
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Top Customer Reviews
While the premise of the title TENTH LETTER is cute, while reading the book I found it distracting that the two main characters had essentially the same name spelled differently and I was constantly having to remind myself who was whom. The character development was good in the sense that Brown provided enough of J. and Jaye's history for us to understand their insecurities, but it was frustrating watching them run in circles with often self-defeating behaviors. I also found the pacing of the book to be a bit slow at times. I did enjoy the fact that the author chose to explore what would happen if two people became involved in a relationship neither were ready for, a topic I haven't seen written about before. As a result, TENTH LETTER offers a fresh perspective on relationship novels.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Jaye is a strong, silent, serial-monogamist: passionate, focused and vulnerable; he uses paint to express himself. He and his best friend, Keyon (a fellow artist), have a flourishing new art gallery in Washington D.C.'s upscale trendy-`hood, Georgetown. However, basking in his successful new life is a challenge--broken relationships and memories of a painful childhood cause his mysterious, introverted behavior, soothed only by losing himself in his art. Until he meets J. He's her latest assignment. She becomes his muse. Their collaboration, however, has them both discovering things that they never thought they would communicate.
TENTH LETTER is an intense, honest approach to familial relationships, sexual encounters, and self-awareness. Kayona Ebony Brown's vivid exploration of the urban landscape and the characters that color her streets pulls the reader into the grind that is the contemporary young adult and leaves them with a more polished definition of what it means to love.
However, both have baggage they must address before becoming a couple. While neither has considered the work one must endure to have a committed relationship. Jaye must work through family issues and heal from past wrongs from women he has loved. J. has to reclaim her self-esteem and open her heart to the idea of commitment.
The complexity of this love story is a step above others read this year. The character development is phenomenal and realness of the storyline strikes home. The metaphors used help the reader totally experience the pain in realizing the shortcomings of individuals. The pace of the story slows towards the middle but the ending will definitely put a smile of your face. Brown is a new voice in relationship drama and the power of starting over. I absolutely recommend this one.
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