Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Look-For Read: Born at Dawn

I admit, this sounds intriguing! I can't wait to one-click this one.

About the Book
Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.

Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.

After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?

As odd as it sounds James Brown's upbringing served as my inspiration for Born at Dawn. Shortly after James Brown death PBS aired a documentary on his life. When he was six years old his mother abandoned him and his father moved him into a brothel where he was raised by his aunt. At that moment when I saw that I understood so much about James Brown, but I also began to wonder what it really is like for a boy to be raised without his mother. Very often we focus on what happens when the father isn't present, and we fail to focus on the children who are failed by the mothers. From there it just grew and morphed into something else as I delved into the characters stories. 

Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master's degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master's degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.

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