A Deep Dark Secret
Overview - Kimberla Lawson Roby explores the consequences of a life-altering family trauma in A Deep Dark Secret, tackling controversy with the same storytelling brio and startling insight into human nature that made her previous books New York Times bestsellers. Read more...
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Kimberla Lawson Roby explores the consequences of a life-altering family trauma in A Deep Dark Secret,
tackling controversy with the same storytelling brio and startling insight into human nature that made her previous books New York Times
bestsellers. Leaving behind the world of philandering preacher Curtis Black and his family--featured in her acclaimed novels Too Much of a Good Thing, Love and Lies, Sin No More,
and The Best of Everything
--Roby enters the life of a little girl hiding A Deep Dark Secret
and gets to the troubling root of an all too prevalent societal and family issue. Both groundbreaking and ultimately hopeful, this coming-of-age story is powerful, brave, and unforgettable.
- ISBN-13: 9780061443091
- ISBN-10: 0061443093
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: September 2009
- Page Count: 192
Books > Fiction > Contemporary Women
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Sexually abused for five years, studious 12-year-old Jillian Maxwell lives in terror of her pedophile stepfather, Byron James, in Roby's (The Best of Everything) powerful short novel. The nightmare begins with her stepfather's inappropriate fondling shortly after the birth of her half-sister, Layla, and gradually escalates. Byron warns her that Roxanne, Jillian's mom, won't believe her if she tells and later says he'll start abusing Layla if Jillian doesn't cooperate. When revelations about Byron's abuse of another underage girl surfaces, Roxanne kicks him out, but then takes him back. Meanwhile, Nikki, Jillian's BFF, is obsessed with promiscuous Marcus, who sees nothing wrong in “running a train” (gangbanging) on Nikki with two of his pals during a school dance. Nikki becomes a laughingstock and almost kills herself, which is the turning point for Jillian, who learns that Nikki is an abuse survivor. A heart-wrenching confrontation leads to a resolution with hopeful repercussions. An intense gem in an authentic voice. (Nov.)