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on Jan. 02, 2012 :
In "Pretty Eyes My Woman," a "so-called fairy tale" that is anything but, two girls, best friends, grow up together in the seedy under-belly world inevitably created from the poverty of single-mother households. We watch the plot unfold through the first person perspective of Ms. Davenport's main character Abigail. In the beginning, the reader senses Abigail is an unreliable narrator as we interpret her skewed view of the adults who are charged with her care, her mother and grandmother. We watch Abigail come of age, but still she is unreliable due to her naivete. This trait provides the reader with plenty of opportunities for constructing real meanings of which Abigail seems oblivious. A notable quality is Davenport's keen realistic eye for Detroit street life and the shenanigans of boys set out to do mischief against the heroine and generally. Her main characters' dialogues are realistic and engaging, her setting descriptions vivid, and her characters' description earthy. This is an intriguing tale that could benefit from some careful editing for focus. A few times I asked questions of the text that remained unanswered--like "What happened to Billie's baby?" Ms. Davenport's gift is her ability to invent dialogue that shapes our understanding of characters' quirky personalities in a manner that is incredibly convincing.
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