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Born on the wrong side of life,I learned to make myself invisible, to be so quiet that no one noticed me in the shadows. My illiterate grandfather, and nearly illiterate grandmother valued books and education; consequently, they coaxed a Carnegie Librarian to teach me to read and write by age six.
When I was nine years old, my grandfather was murdered; the killer never apprehended. Writing allowed me to deal with my anger and grief by changing the ending of that particular reality: I wrote murder stories.
I published my first poem and my first journalistic articles around the age of fourteen. It was a time of countrywide unrest and riots.
After that, I never stopped writing--poems, articles, short stories, novels.
Good Intentions (first edition), a literary novel, received the Alice B. Reader Award for Excellence in 2002.
Sketch of a Murder and Street Harvest have made Amazon's Top 100 Bestseller's Lists several times.
on May 28, 2015 :
Wow, just wow! I'm almost speechless, but honestly, I generally can find some worthy words. Seldom have I read a book with characters so richly developed, evolved and three dimensional....as well as intertwined in some manner. This family drama, filled with secrets at every turn is also loaded with a lot of insights and surprising friendships. The story is told from each person's unique and individual perspective and gives deep meaning to things we often take for granted. Families and relationships can be very complex and Aya has portrayed all of the characters beautifully. By the time I was halfway through the book, I literally felt as though I knew each one individually and personally. Loved this book, one of the best I've read this year!
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)