A PHOENIX RISING by Bryan Nash

A PHOENIX RISING

Defining the Moments
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A raw look at a childhood defined by abandonment and abuse, based on a true story.

When siblings Cindy and Eddie are left by their alcoholic-stripper mother at an orphanage in northern Georgia, the children made a pact to stay together and care for one another no matter what external forces might come between them. Soon after, however, the barely preschool-age pair was shuttled off to California to live with their aunt and uncle, Elaine and Hank Whitsett. The Whitsetts physically and verbally tormented the children until they were shells of their former selves. As a result, Cindy and Eddie developed coping mechanisms and turned to God to overcome feelings of abandonment and loneliness. Eddie, who emerges as the main protagonist, was left alone all day with abusive Elaine while Cindy attended school. Fortunately, next-door neighbor Nellie entered his life like an angel. Through her kindness and love, Eddie realized that his living circumstances were abnormal and unacceptable. He turned to nature for peace and solitude and his community for love and justice. Nash offers a heartwarming story about keeping faith and hope alive, even when feelings of pain and loneliness seem unbearable, and the characters are rich and textured. Despite a distracting change in narrative point of view in the second half from omniscient narrator to Eddie, Eddie’s defining moments and strong character are consistently engaging.

A tearjerker that will inspire those familiar with abuse.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-979-76040-2
Program: Kirkus Indie
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