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by Bridgett M. Davis
But Bridgett Davis' debut novel, Shifting Through Neutral, paints a child's view of a marriage falling apart. Author Bridgett Davis is fiercely protective of her native Detroit, and she's quick to sing the city's praises.
But Bridgett Davis' debut novel, Shifting Through Neutral, paints a child's view of a marriage falling apart. So it's no surprise that her debut novel, "Shifting Through Neutral," takes place in the Motor City. It's the story of a black family struggling to stay together with a close focus on the relationship between a father and his child. The child is Rae, a young girl growing up in Detroit who watches her parents' marriage fall apart. In this excerpt read by the author, Rae celebrates her eighth birthday with her dad.
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Shifting Through Neutral - Bridgett M. Davis. But by the time I skipped up the walkway, book bag slung across my shoulder, face flush from conquering a new cursive letter or the secret to multiplying by nine, he was standing on the porch waiting to greet me. Together we wound through our evening of dinner, cards, TV, close sleep. This is how Daddy remained alive for me all those years-by settling into a life of simple actions, slow movements, perpetual rest. Speed brought throbbing headaches, and so he paced himself.
Not yet a woman yet more than a little girl, Rae Dodson is caught up in her family's drama
Not yet a woman yet more than a little girl, Rae Dodson is caught up in her family's drama. Her hip older sister, Kimmie, whom her mother favors, has moved from New Orleans to join them in Detroit, a city that moves as if in synch with the Stevie Wonder tunes that play giddily from new automobiles fresh off the factory lots.
Shifting Through Neutral. Not yet a woman yet more than a little girl, Rae Dodson is caught up in her family's drama.
Not yet a woman yet more than a little girl, Rae Dodson is caught up in her family's drama.
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Information about the book, Shifting Through Neutral: the Fiction, Paperback, by Bridgett M. Book Description: Not yet a woman yet more than a little girl, Rae Dodson is caught up in her family’s drama. Davis (Amistad, May 03, 2005).
For Rae Dodson, the early seventies are as hopeful and promising as the peace signs popping up everywhere. The signature sounds of Motown are filling Detroit's airwaves, and automobile factories are supporting a burgeoning black middle class, which works by day and plays bid whist by night. Rae's hip older sister, Kimmie, has moved home from New Orleans;her mother's nerves have calmed enough for her to stop taking her "vitamins"; her father has discovered new painkillers that ease his chronic migraines; and now, despite her parents' sleeping in separate rooms, the peace between them seems to be holding. All that shifts, however, when Rae's mother suddenly takes off with her lover down a stretch of highway.
Left to care for her ailing father, Rae grows up faster than any young girl should and is forced to admit that her mother may be incapable of love, that her father's love may be too all-consuming. What's most obvious is that neither seems fully capable of looking after Rae, who is searching not only for a way to make her family whole again but also for a way to make sense of her own budding sexuality.
With fully realized characters and an infinitely imaginative storyline, Shifting Through Neutral heralds the arrival of a promising new talent.
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Publisher: Amistad; First Printing edition (May 4, 2004)
Pages: 320 pages