Holler At The Moon by Tinesha Davis
Publisher: Word of Mouth Books
Publication Date: 2009Reviewed by Chrystal Dorsey
Tinesha Davis, debut novel Holler At The Moon, is filled with plenty of drama….
Holler At The Moon is a stimulating descriptive, though sometimes bittersweet, dramatic novel. This story definitely offers a heavy slant towards the importance of family, friendships, love, and loyalty – which I'm certain readers will enjoy.
As ghastly as it was, this story is about more than three young sisters witnessing the murder of their mother at the hands of their father. It is about the trials, tribulations that they suffer following the senseless act committed by their father - it is about, the three sisters who are seemingly delightful talented and gifted individuals, who in spite of their youth must somehow triumph over adversity - but is it possible for them to do so, or has their fate already been sealed by the dreadful situation and the blood that runs through their innocent veins?
The author's skill, imagination, and gifted storytelling provide a captivating story for readers. The realism of this story is what makes it heartfelt, yet frightening because it is the life-story far too many children live daily. And it's certain that more than just a few readers will be able to identify family, friends, or even themselves depicted throughout the pages of this challenging story - and because of this or in spite of it, this story will cause readers to, laugh, become angry, and even want to cry.
Tinesha Davis manages to dab a bit of humor - by way of one of my favorite characters, Damita - throughout the novel as she tells a horrific tale of the abandonment the girls experienced and the never ending grief they suffered, as well as the horror they were made to endure at the hands of those that were suppose to love and protect them. However, the strength that the main female characters continued to maintain throughout and in spite of their horrendous circumstances is to be admired.
The three Jackson sisters are separated, and living hard lives far away from each other...
The oldest Jackson sister, Dominique is sent to Virginia to live with her father's cousin Rhanda. Unfortunately, Rhanda's home is absent of any type of love and Dominique seeks comfort elsewhere. Unable to grieve so she can embrace her past, Dominique finds herself on a destructive path. Dominique later becomes a well adjusted twenty-five year old professional, living a seemingly perfect life…or so it seems - she's in love with a man who once saved her, but is now threatening to destroy her. Will she be able to break free from him in time?
The middle Jackson sister, Donya was sent to live with her father's sister, Aunt Chuck, and tries hard to keep in touch with Dominique and look after her younger sister, Damita. But as a young teen Donya is forced to leave her Aunt's house and falls into troublesome circumstances, and has to claw her way from living on the streets to being a self-made Bohemian whose life becomes filled with rainbows and dance. But then she finds herself stuck in the middle of two disasters and not certain which she should try to resolve.
And then there's the youngest of the Jackson sisters, Damita, who is also sent to live with Aunt Chuck; and learns quickly that in order to survive she must gravitate and become indispensable to the only person left in her immediate circle, and that is Aunt Chuck - another mean character who needs Damita to run errands, that her obesity won't allow her to handle. Damita becomes a fast-talking, straight-A high school student with a serious sarcastic wit and an attitude and temper inherited of her father and his desire to resolve issues by any physical means necessary. She is an intellect with a promising future, but will she allow her hot-headed ways to ruin her the way her father allowed his to ruined him?
Author Tinesha Davis displays a writing talent that is so polished that it is difficult to believe Holler At The Moon is her debut novel. The story was awesome, and I believe that readers will find this book to be an enjoyable and fascinating read, so if you haven't had the pleasure of reading this book, be certain to pick up a copy before the sequel, Twice On Sundays hits the stands.
Review copy provided by publisher.