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Fifth Born: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

poet, reader, writer

Simply wonderful! I laugh, I cried, I felt Odessa's pain. Best book since Child of God.

posted by Anonymous on March 27, 2006

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Horrible

This book was horrible. I have no idea what the author is talking about. A waste of money

posted by STEELO07 on March 16, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Met the Author

    I had the opportunity to met the author at a book reading at Norfolk State University. She is very humble and offered much insight to the book. The book will keep you turning from page to page. Easy read!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    So good

    I had the author as a teacher, she is a great writer. Amazing book. Couldnt put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    Painful and Poignant!

    Fifth Born is the heart-wrenching debut saga of Odessa Blackburn, the fifth born child to verbally and physically abusive parents, in the tenements of St. Louis, MO. From as far back as she can remember, she has treaded lightly and second-guessed her moves to be the good, obedient child who seeks the love and approval of her parents. However, chaos and neglect reign supreme in the Blackburn household. Her father, an alcoholic and incestuous pedophile, nearly blinds Odessa in one eye during a drunken stupor and ultimately molests Odessa and other female members of the household whenever her mother is absent. Sadly, her mother discovers the incident and does nothing. Throughout Odessa¿s young life, she sporadically gets encouragement from a teacher, an older sister, an uncle, and the belief in her deceased grandmother¿s unconditional love for her. She learns hard lessons but eventually becomes more self-reliant, self-assured, and starts to exhibit some traits of self-love. The salvation to her dark and painful existence comes from an unlikely source in an unexpected ending. She discovers that her search for truth was not in vain and it is a liberating reward for her lifelong quest. Lockhart¿s writing style reminds me of Alice Walker¿s ¿ it is intense and pointed, but this new author has a unique voice all her own. A great debut novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    Must read

    The character in this book exemplifies the strength of the human spirit and the drive to survive even in the midst of what seems to be insurmountable odds and circumstance. The author didn't attempt to tell a pretty, fairy tale story and some of the subject matter might be disturbing to some readers. But, truth is truth and everyone needs a dose of reality and all the ugly things in society that we try to hide from

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