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Posted July 23, 2011
"The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious, the irrational and the collective body of our ancestral memories." - Margaret Walker together with her daughter Anastasia and her cousin Charley, Eva Dennison leaves Los Angeles for Mississippi where she inherits a sharecropping plantation. no sooner have they settled in when things happen that blur the line between reality and myth. author Alexis Brooks de Vita has written a literary dark fantasy with a Southern gothic flavor that explores the power and enigma of ancestral memories and their residual import on generations of African-Americans. there is a palpable darkness hovering over each page - literally and figuratively - which deepens the mystery and strange goings-on at Eva's mansion. secrets abound from within and without the plantation. even after the house was renovated and electricity was installed, one can still feel the shadows closing in. Eva's relatives are a strange lot as well and i kept wondering who was on whose side. to complicate things, there are shapeshifters, flying women and unearthly voices that manifest themselves. the question of what is real and how it was expounded and integrated into the story was one of the things that impressed me. overall, this book kept me mesmerized and fascinated from beginning to end. the writing was flawless, the plot intriguing and the characters well fleshed out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.