Fifth Born: A Novel

Fifth Born: A Novel

by Zelda Lockhart
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Fifth Born: A Novel by Zelda Lockhart

When Odessa Blackburn is three years old her beloved grandmother dies, and so begins her story, set in St. Louis,Missouri, and rural Mississippi. As the fifth born of eight children, Odessa loses her innocence at first when her drunken father sexually abuses her, and then again when she alone witnesses her father taking the life of his own brother.
Fifth Born is Zelda Lockhart's debut novel, lyrically written and powerful in its exploration of how secrets can tear apart lives and families. It is a story of love, longing, and redemption, as Odessa walks away from those whom she believes to be her kin to discover the true meaning of family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743412667
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 08/19/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 405,265
Product dimensions: 0.52(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)

About the Author

Zelda Lockhart¹s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in such publications as WordWrights, Sojourner, Calyx, Sinister Wisdom and She received her B.A. from Norfolk State University and her M.A. in Literature from Old Dominion University. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Fifth Born 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What started off as an intensely interesting books, completely nose dived in the end! The akward and eccentric ending left me uncomfortable, and wishing the main character after years of abuse had gained something better....and normal. I felt extremely disappointed and let down. What was the author thinking? I've heard of surprise endings but this literally ruined the entire book for me. Proceed with caution, hopefully you won't be as disappointed as I was.
STEELO07 More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible. I have no idea what the author is talking about. A waste of money
HotChocolate40 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book based on the reviews that I read. The Fifth Born represents generations of abuse that was hidden with lies. This book was ok not as detailed as I expected it to be. The story line pulled me in but while reading this book I felt like part of the story was missing. The end of the book put alot of the piecies of the puzzle together, I wish the author would have given a more cheerful positive ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply wonderful! I laugh, I cried, I felt Odessa's pain. Best book since Child of God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A powerful read that will leave you yearning for me. If you only read one book this year, let this be it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book
Twylight07 More than 1 year ago
I am late reading this book as I see the other reviews were a long time ago but I loved it. The characters kept me interested and I read it in two days. The ending made me want to read the sequel which is not on Nook and hard to find.
junebugSM More than 1 year ago
Well, lets see now, Odessa, and Dessa for short was the 5th born, for a minute, then her mother was having babies left and right. So being the 5th didn't last to long. Alot of family incest and alot of beating kids, which makes me wonder if some of this didn't happen to the writer, don't know, but didn't care for it too much, it reminded me of the Movie The Color Purple, which this book really took me over the edge on this sex stuff. I didn't care for it for that reason and a few more. I don't care for back and forth stuff, which could lose you in the time span of grabbing some popcorn and a coke. When Ella Mae steps into the picture, I figured things out from that point on. Cannot read this book again.
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This book was great; U couldn't wait to get to the end. Definitely a page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book...very entertaining..odessa, odessa!
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Matthew Merritt More than 1 year ago
I had the author as a teacher, she is a great writer. Amazing book. Couldnt put it down
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aloveforbooks More than 1 year ago
I started this book and couldn't put it down. Being a survivor of childhood trauma, it was incredible how well Zelda put into words the feelings of the child. Amazingly written. Zelda is one of three amazing writer, a survivor or childhood trauma, or both! Eagerly waiting for the next chapter in Odessa's life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. I've given it to 5 people already and I never do that. Great Job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its very hard for me to find a book to catch me right away..and NOT ten chapters later. this book took my interst right away and i loved reading it all the was through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this novel in less than 5 hours. A page turner. Riveting and gut wrenching. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author's writing is well planned and brilliantly executed. We are drawn in to the life of Odessa, who is also the narrator, from the age of 3 to 12. Odessa experiences alcoholism, physical abuse, murder, betrayal, poverty and rape, just to name a few. This book will make you laugh, cry, experience happiness and hope for revenge and redemption.