on October 5, 2019
Genres: Abuse Story, African American Women's Fiction, Coming of Age, Dysfunctional Families, Inspirational Fiction, Suspense
Format: AudioBook, Hard Cover, Kindle, Paperback
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Black Child to Black Woman: An African-American Woman Coming-of-Age Story by Cheryl Denise Bannerman
When twenty-four-year-old Tara Walker goes home for her brother’s funeral, she discovers the secret journal she started when she was eight. As she reads, she is pulled back into her complicated, raw, and often frightening childhood, where drug addiction, alcoholism and predators brought chaos into her privileged, middle-class home.
Through the love and guidance of her hard-working parents, Tara navigates these threats and matures into a smart, strong, young woman. Yet, even as she celebrates small personal victories, she spirals into a dark depression from disturbing family secrets and rejection. Through it all, she journals her changing perspective on the world around her and continues to smile in the face of adversity.
When it’s time for Tara to become a mother herself, she must once again conquer her traumatic past to discover the true meaning of life, happiness, family and unconditional love. Tara’s gripping, raw and illuminating coming-of-age journey will captivate readers as they watch this intelligent black child grow into an extraordinary black woman.
Black Child to Black Woman by Cheryl Denise Bannerman is an incredible read filled with raw, honest and emotional narrative. It is an interesting, startling and poignant look into one girl’s tragic, yet inspiring life story. This is one of the best books I have read this year.
Tara Walker returns home for her brother’s funeral. While there, she finds her old journal from when she was eight years old living in the Deep South. Immediately she is reminded of the chaos of her shocking dysfunctional childhood and how she suffered with family addictions, alcoholism and frightening encounters with dangerous people. Author Cheryl Denise Bannerman holds nothing back while writing the journal entries of a young black girl’s unfortunate up bring and difficult life. Each entry brings a startling new revelation.
Tara’s stories are filled with emotion as she discloses everything. From abuse, molestation, sadness, battling with and overcoming disease and almost being raped, yet, through it all Tara arises as a character of determination and becomes an incredible mother of strength and love, as motherhood becomes her purpose in life.
Through author, Cheryl Denise Bannerman’s incredible descriptive writing ability, she holds readers captive while filling their minds with many revealing visuals and troubling and hopeful emotions.
While reading her entries, I felt so connected with Tara. Her worries and troubles will feel very real and relatable to readers. From childhood to college, Tara struggles over and over. Her life story is deeply thought-provoking and compelling. It is stories like this that keeps readers fully engaged, captivated and persuaded to read on to the end. From the very first journal entry, I was magnetically pulled in as every page of this tale came to life and fully gripped me.
Cheryl Denise Bannerman’s skillful, clever and sometimes witty narration is way above the board – completely honest and straightforward. I was shocked, yet inspired and filled with compassion and hope for Tara throughout the book.
Black Child to Black Woman by Cheryl Denise Bannerman is a unique, amazing and entertaining must read book. Highly recommended by Chick Lit Café.
“If you are looking for a true, gritty story about life in its rawest form, then Black Child to Black Woman…will fit the bill.” — Readers Favorite
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