Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story

Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story

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by Julia Press Simmons
     
 

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Tabitha Williams, nineteen, doubles as a punching bag every time her boyfriend drinks one too many. When she stabs him and flees to her mother�s house with her three-year-old daughter, she thinks it�s finally over. Unfortunately, the drama has just begun! �Will she find the courage to leave him for good? And will he let her?� Lisa Perkins, seventeen, is the �strong

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Tabitha Williams, nineteen, doubles as a punching bag every time her boyfriend drinks one too many. When she stabs him and flees to her mother�s house with her three-year-old daughter, she thinks it�s finally over. Unfortunately, the drama has just begun! �Will she find the courage to leave him for good? And will he let her?� Lisa Perkins, seventeen, is the �strong one,� or at least that�s what Tabitha and Shanice think. However, this couldn�t be further from the truth. When she leaves her home after her mother refuses to believe that her stepfather has raped and impregnated her, she thinks that distance will solve everything. She finds that she couldn�t be more wrong. Shanice Thomas, fourteen, is giving teenage rebellion a whole knew meaning. Her mother recently found Christ, and the party that was Shanice�s life is apparently over. Thrust into situations she isn�t equipped to handle, Shanice suddenly finds herself learning painful new lessons about the consequences of sleeping around.

Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story is fierce fiction peppered with urban grit! It not only explores the girls� struggles in vivid detail, it highlights their loyalty, love, and kindness for each other! You won�t be able to put this book down!

Editorial Reviews

Avid Readers - John Howard
This is a fantastic book, raw and unrelenting. Ms. Press-Simmons has a way of capturing her characters on the page and bringing them to life. "Strawberry Mansion" is a roller coaster of a ride through a few days in the lives of three young women, each of whom is dealing with her own troubles, both internal and external, but who are also trying to help the other two cope and survive in a harsh and hostile urban setting.
Author of Another Woman's Husband - Angel Mechelle
The story is very well written. I was engrossed and I almost didn't want to finish the book. The characters stuck in my mind long after the last page was read. Julia Press Simmons did an amazing job with this story. I would recommend it to women every where. If you have ever been through anything...this is a story for you. I look forward to the next book by Julia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012369116
Publisher:
Queen Midas Books
Publication date:
03/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
809,626
File size:
176 KB

Meet the Author

I love the written word more than cooked food and that's saying a lot. I write because I have to(It's the only way to silence the voices). There is always a story going on in my head so if you see me in public I'll probably be scribbling furiously in a notebook.

Strawberry Mansion, my first novel, is semi autobiographical(I am Tabitha in the story). It was a very painful part of my life that I felt an overwhelming need to give voice to. I've changed a few things to protect the guilty, and add a bit of distance from myself to the story. I love that book. It's a sort of snapshot of my journey into adulthood. Although the characters are young, It's filled with adult content, bad language, sex drugs and rock and roll, you're gonna love it.

Begonia Brown, my sophomore novel, is street fiction at it's finest. I am very proud of this book. It is the hood as I recognize it, minus the glitz and glam... I pushed the envelope with this book. I felt free to tell ugly truths because the book isn't about me, It's about where I come from. Begonia Brown, although it was hard to write, is one helluva ride!

What else is there to say about me? I am a mom, a poet, a nurse, a playwright, a scifi geek, a lover of all things fantasy, a junk food junkie, and a facebook addict.

until next time
Julia

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Strawberry Mansion 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
MrsScribe More than 1 year ago
Have not read the book yet but wanted to know if anyone knew how I added nook friends and how the lend me thing works? I have 0 nook friends but lots of books that i would like to lend and borrow. Also is there anyone willing to lend me this book?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a tale of three young women who learn life's lessons the hard way. They form a bond of friendship and family that makes their journey through heartache and violence bearable. There is so much truth in here you wonder how much is fiction and how much isn't. What these women live through happens daily. An outstanding tale of life in Philadelphia, one that is lived by thousands across the country. Well done Julia Press Simmons!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I loved that everyone had a voice. You never had to wonder what someone was thinking. I'm currenting a masters student and I don't have much time to read for fun. This book was the perfect lengh.
KJAR-Reviews More than 1 year ago
This book starts off the series on the right note; there are books and they intertwine nicely. This one gives us some good substance and speaks to some real life issues. However I felt that the story was rushed towards the end need closure on a few things related to the key characters. Then best part was the surprise revelation cudos to the author for this really saved the story for me.
luv2readTW More than 1 year ago
Ive been holding onto this book for some time now so im happy I finally sat down and read it. This was a quick read, the story is so heartfelt and reminds you that everyone has a story, and it doesnt matter how close you are to them you may not know their story until later. The story followed three teenage girls who were all best friends and each had their own family issues that they were trying to deal with and help each other with. Tabitha is the oldest of the girls, but that doesnt really mean she is the wisest. As you get to know Tabitha you begin to feel sorry for her and her daughter because of the way her baby father treats them. Lisa is the girl who is quick to defend her friends but you come to see what she cant/ wont stand up for herself. She goes through so much within her family that she leave thinking that would bring her mother closer to her but it doesnt work since Lisa's step father has been molesting her since she was younger. As you read and learn more about Lisa since is just your average teenager looking for someone to love her they way she should be loved, but will she find that? Shanice is the youngest and she is a mess! You can tell that so much is going on between her and her mother and she doesnt know how to address it so she starts to act out and her friends are the ones who try to keep her level headed... but will it work? At the end each girl is connected in a way that will bring them closer than what they already are. At the end of the day all these girls had were each other and in some way that really proves to be enough for them. A really good read and I enjoyed It I will e reading the rest of the series! **Nook Readers**
SimplyToni More than 1 year ago
I think it is a great read for young adults...the story of these 3 young ladies that have to learn lessons the hard way because of the choices they made but throughout it all their bond and loyalty to one another is what helps them through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The story line was good and lessons were learned. Would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Im looking forward to reading all of the books in this set.
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This was a very up lifting story about life and the choices we make. Found one error and the song that mention it was an Ashford and Simpson song noy Isley Brother.
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I had to stop reading this book several different time,To absorb some of the contented. The rough and curel treatment That the three women absorb was to much for me to handle. I became angry. Abuse come in my form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait to read the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This gus is a fake...imposter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a crazy xonnection w/this book. It most certainly pulled at your heart strings. Welcome to the mind of Julia. Shes becoming one of my favorite authors for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She nods and stumbles there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Layed down coughing and her face looking pale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-she pads to BlazeClan to report.-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a few hours and I have to say it had a great storyline. I just purchased another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Padds trough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks at snow a little worried. Whats the matter sweetheart?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*pads up* What is going on here?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reality that this book portays is real and this is a must read and share. Tab, Lisa and Shan stories moved simething deep inside of me and made me pray.