Thursday, May 28, 2009

A selection for older teens - Zora and Nicky

I'm reposting Dee Stewart's April 2008 review of Zora and Nicky below:

A Review Inspired

by Dee Stewart

I love to read, but lately all I've been doing is reviewing and editing books. These tasks somehow drain my love for reading until this month. My friend, Claudia Mair Burney, who write the hot pants off me sent me three of her latest novels, all divine, but this one--Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White--it did something I rarely get, something that justifies my reasoning for writing inspired fiction...illumination.Zora & Nicky in short is an interracial/interdenominational love story. How do people of different races build a world together? How do people of different ideas of sound doctrine live a life together? How do people love through Christ? A not so simple love story written with simple, elegant, honest, passionate prose. Best book of the year so far.

My favorite passage:
Because I have broken into a million pieces. Click here to read more.

I have to agree with Dee. It's a masterpiece. I recommend it for the older teens. 17 and up I'd say.


Sharon Ball said...

Rhonda, I'm so glad I dropped by your blog today because I recently read about Claudia winning an award for Zora & Nicky and I wondered what the book was about. I really enjoyed "Murder Mayhem and a Fine Man" so I'm sure I would love Zora & Nicky. Thanks for reposting Dee's review.

Dee S. said...

Oh my goodness! I'm honored you found my review helpful, Rhonda.

I adore this book, which I could write this good. Claudia!!

I believe that Christian Fiction --if we're talking about writing fiction with a Christian worldview--shouldn't be preachy, but real and dealing with real issues facing most Christians. How to love well in today's world is hard and doubly hard if you are very different from the person you love.

Thanks for spotlighting her book.

ragamuffin diva said...

Thank you so much for posting this, Rhonda, and thank you, Dee, for writing such a wonderful review.

Sharon, I just want to clarify that I didn't win the Christy Award. I'm a finalist, which is a high honor.

Again, thanks, Rhonda. I'm grateful for your support.

claudia mair burney

Cecelia Dowdy said...

This book was laugh-out-loud funny, and serious, too! Both Zora and Nicky have lots of issues to overcome, and they do that through their faith in God. This book reminds us about how we view race in America. A great read for older teens and adults.

Rhonda McKnight said...

Sharon as Cecelia said you will love Zora and Nicky. Cecelia I laughed out loud over and over. Claudia is so talented and that Nicky was just a joy to get to know through this story. Excellent work Mair!