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5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Read That Breaks Literary Silence, March 12, 2016
The Earth Breaks in Colors, by Patti Davis, breaks the silence, and accomplishes what literature and authors must achieve: it exudes authenticity, the kind of reliability which motivates the reader to think, to inquire, to consider options and possibilities, to be curious.
This book transforms our sense of security, vanquishes the presumed custody of our territory, and defies our invisible sanctuary. The very ideals we are so proud to boast, particularly about the often naive alliance between the races, alters in an instant. This book challenges and reminds us that horror exists just a table away, in shades of pastels, and in the bleakness of darkness, and that the treasure of forgiveness can often be ancestral, and buried in the soil on which we tread daily. Time, and the hands that move it forward, share a restive partnership with us all, and prey cunningly on optimism and faith.
Patti Davis is an artisan of prose, a sculptor of astonishing metaphors, but more importantly, a visionary, able to transport the reader with the language of true America, the guttural anguish of the human experience, as we face our demons: racism, bigotry, violence, addiction, and the despair of family dysfunction. This is a stark portrait of what life is truly all about: the terror of unknown serpents breaching the threshold of our comfort. This is the language of torment and atonement, the primal dread of disrupting the sanctity of security. This is a book which examines our nightmares and disturbs our collective amity and tranquility, but life is rarely peaceful, and deliverance demands the labors by which bondage is liberated.
The Earth Breaks in Colors, reminds us that dread tends to follow our shadows, and when what lurks tilts goodness to tragedy, we are left to discover what humanity has gifted us, if we are courageous enough to see it. The power of communion and empathy, however rare, is what makes us greater than the sum of our losses and the scars of our experiences.
When evil and ignorance violate our imperative for decency, violence of intent can rip through the canvas of our lives, disembodying the spiritual from the physical. We learn that the fortress of our lives has no moat, and that virtue can fragment in an instant, that illusion is often a weakness.
The Earth Breaks In Colors is a vast portrait of the strength of probity, shaken but alive; of the coming of age of two young girls, who, in the wake of torment, of the iniquity of vile trespass, coalesce around love, loyalty, and friendship, despite the battery of misfortune which ventures to pull them apart. Their names are Whisper and Odelia, and their steps are indomitable leaps against convention; emancipation from the age old struggle of incorruptibility vs corruption. Their defiance will reconstruct what we thought we knew about innocence, and deliver us to redemption and humanity. Two young girls teach us that the very things that torture us, can either annihilate us, or redeem and validate us.
The Earth Breaks In Colors is a remarkable assemblage of metaphors which mirror our darkest emotions, but which also rehabilitate us to catharsis. We lose our loves in life, we often question the very passions we once held most dear, and at great expense, we predetermine our biases, and crusade against the predispositions of fate. We do so at the expense of who we think we are, and truly strive to be. Be prepared to converge with all of life’s anger and hate, with the archetypes of our nightmares, as if life itself were fated to battle dignity. Know, too, that the undercurrent to all that we fear, is shared with the stunning genius, and the impassioned wisdom, of innocence.” — davidmarks
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel of a novel, July 2, 2013
“I hadn’t read any of Davis’ other books, and found this novel to be a surprising pleasure. Davis explores the vast and thorny landscapes of love, forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption with the most poignant insights and striking imagery.
I found the relationship between the wealthy sisters-in-law an interesting and original situation. Davis weaves a powerful story that originates from the catalyst, the death of Isabelle’s son Nathan, through the life and psychological changes each character experiences. She demonstrates skillfully and adeptly the irregular and unpredictable form a family can assume, the bonds created, maintained and strengthened through risk, love and trust. Her book presents some very timely themes.
Davis’ language is beautifully literary, and she evokes raw and profound visceral responses from her characters as they grapple with change, death, grief and healing. I came away from the book feeling that the story was ultimately about the most basic desire to be one’s true self; to live a life built on honesty and integrity.
A very impressive novel, and I will recommend it.” – W.K. Blais “Author of School of the Assassins”
“When you pick up this book to read be ready to cry! It was an amazing story and I literally cried from start to finish!” -Andrea, amazon.com customer
“This book was simply excellent from beginning to end. The story line was so touching and so believable.” -M. Wolfe, amazon.com customer
“Miss Davis has a lovely way with words – as though she’s slowly rippling her fingers through water. Her latest offering is no exception. Any woman who reads it can recognize a bit of herself and her own mother in each of the stories. I did; and found great delight in seeing the common thread of strength in all of us.” -CGriffin, amazon.com customer
“This is the sweetest book.” -Lesa, amazon.com customer
“This book is not only healing, but beautifully written.” -Leigh S., amazon.com customer