Thursday, October 14, 2010

Second Chance at Happiness

Second Chance At HappinessSecond Chance At Happiness by Sherry McFarland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sherry McFarland tells a good story. It's a little bit "School Daze," a little bit "Why Did I Get Married,"... HBCU gets married. It kept me turning pages until the shocker in the middle of the book.

The story took me back to a more carefree time in my life with an ensemble of characters I liked, even the flawed ones. I found it elegant the way Sherry bridged the gap between "Urban Fiction" and "Christian Romance" without being raunchy or preachy.

A first person fictional narrative can be tricky. How does the narrator reveal the things she isn't supposed to know? Sherry does it by switching narrators. It would be smoother if she did it without repeating everything. Still, I laughed, cried, and had my heart lifted with the life of Nina Simone.

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1 comment:

mk said...

kisura saraphen,
it would be cool if you could give the page numbers to examples of poor narrative switching, in your opinion, within the book