"McFadden's reissued second novel takes an unflinching look at the corrosive nature of alcoholism . . . This is not a story of easy redemption . . . McFadden writes candidly about the treacherous hold of addiction." --Publishers Weekly "Riveting. . . . So nicely avoids the sentimentality that swirls around the subject matter. I am as impressed by its structural strength as by the searing and expertly imagined scenes." --Toni Morrison, author of Beloved "The sharpness of the prose and power of the story make it hard to stop reading even the most brutal scenes . . . The story feels real perhaps because it's familiar . . . Or maybe, as Frey points out, the story is too vivid to be read purely as fiction. But in this Precious-style novel, genre is the least of our concerns." --Bust magazine "This is a story that cuts across all race and social strata in its need to be told." --The Dallas Morning News The Warmest December is the incredibly moving story of one Brooklyn family and the alcoholism that determined years of their lives. Narrated by Kenzie Lowe, a young woman reminiscent of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, as she visits her dying father and finds that choices she once thought beyond her control are very much hers to make. Bernice L. McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels.
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"Kenzie sits by her father's deathbed and wonders why she is there. Myra Lucretia Taylor brings alive Kenzie's struggle to come to terms with her heritage of alcohol abuse and violence. Her pain and fear are palpable as the story recollects the growth of a young girl in an environment from which she has not yet broken free. Taylor avoids the pitfalls of sentimentality and self-pitying tones and draws out the determination and strength that make this, in the end, a book with hope. Her characterizations of Kenzie and the supporting players in her life are true to their complexity--whether in the mumbling attempts of a child and her mother to keep heads low and become almost invisible or the bravado that the members of this family rely on to deflect their pain and fears. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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