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October 22, 2013



A Novel
Sierra Kay

Author and Nuyorican Short Story Slam Winner
From Behind the Curtain
Published August 12th 2013 by Vega Group LLC 
(from Goodreads)
Dee spent most of her life on welfare, watching her often-absent father struggle with addiction and, lately, watching her mother's battle with cancer. Dee had paid her dues. When her Auntie M brought her to live in Atlanta, things were supposed to get better. In Atlanta, Dee had new clothes, a full fridge, and her own bedroom. However, she soon realized there were other issues. The most important was the apparent overdose of Pastor Clifton, her aunt's best friend and secret love. Pastor Clifton was trying to clean up the neighborhood. So how did he end up slumped over his desk-dead? And why, in a church full of gossips, was no one saying a word? In Dee's world, that level of power wasn't unheard of. But here, it was difficult to distinguish the players and, more importantly, who was managing them from behind the curtain.
 This was a book that I didn't really think I would like.  Boy, was I wrong. As you read you are feeling how good and nice Aunt M was.   She took in Dee and gave her a home, which Dee never really had. I really liked Dee and Joe, the guy next door. The author did a wonderful job of mixing the characters together so you never really knew who was the bad guy and who was the good guy.  Most of what was going on was behind the curtains.  It wasn't out in the open so the citizens never really gave a thought about things that happened.  Kind of like, out of sight, out of mind.  The environment that the characters lived in was so real.   It could have been any reader's neighborhood.  Sometimes we close out eyes so we don't see what is happening. 

Dee grew up with a father who wasn't there for her. He liked his alcohol too much..  Her mother was dying of cancer.  Dee was street savvy and made her way through life, talking care of her mother, using that savvy.  There was the constant need for money.  Money to pay the bills and put food on the table.  Money to buy the pills to keep her mother alive a little longer.  When Dee's mother died, Auntie M brought Dee to Atlanta.  Dee now had a room of her own,  nice clothes, food to eat and an Aunt that loved her.  Then new concerns arose.  There seems to be a controversy over how Pastor Clifton died.  His death was quite mysterious.  You know that the pace of the novel is going to chance real soon.  You get that gut feeling that you're not going to like it, but you keep on reading anyway.  You can't let go of the book.  The pages have to be turned to see what is going to happen next. This book is one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time.  The author has an extraordinary talent in taking all the threads and weaving them together for one huge surprise ending. I would suggest this book to anyone.  It's a winner.  A classic.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN from the author Sierra Kay for my honest view.
Author and educator Sierra Kay's love of the written word was predestined.  Her mother always encouraged reading.  So, she grew up reading classics like Anne of Green Gables and Tale of Two Cities.  She also snuck in romance novels that she hid between her mattresses.

Kay has an M.A. in Writing from DePaul University in Chicago and recently won a Nuyorican Poets Cafe Short Story Slam (  Unhinged is Kay's first novel. Her second novel, From Behind the Curtain, will be available Summer 2013.
 UNHINGED by Sierra Kay

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