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Review: Standing at the Crossroads by Charles Davis

[ 3 ] October 28, 2011 |

Reviewed by Claudia Robinson

It was danger that brought us together, danger that has driven us up the mountain, and it is danger that eventually jostles us unceremoniously into one another’s arms. Otherwise, it would not happen. Even if we had met in another place at another time in which the tender marrying of white skin with black was not condemned, we are too far apart in hope and in despair to be a likely couple. But when two people are pursued across a mountain by the Warriors of God, some coming together is inevitable.”

In a land torn asunder by violence, the hot, stifling air rife with the scent of impending war, two souls, polar opposite, in every sense; color, religion, purpose, faith and drive, collide and implode with an unnamed need and desire, with a only a dry, unforgiving desert as their witness. Kate is a white scholar, seeking to put names to the atrocities done to human nature in the name of God, by documenting, and photographing, everything she sees. Her travels lead her directly in to the path of a black, barefoot librarian, seeking to share the written word, it’s beauty and power, with all he comes across.

Inexplicably drawn to one another, the unlikely duo stand firm and fast against the regime, but a small victory is quickly discounted as the pair find themselves lost and pursued in the desolate and disparate mountains of Africa. Embodying and indemnifying everything the Warriors of God stand against, Kate and her barefoot librarian are pit against nature, mankind and themselves, as they defy the odds and attempt to stay one step ahead of death. Despite their hunger, their fear and the certainty they feel that escape is not possible, the two manage to find love in the wilderness, fusing their need for one another with the need to survive, to exist, to co-exist, despite their multitude of differences.

Written with painstaking detail, mellifluous grace and seamless eloquence, Standing at the Crossroads manages to at once engage, enchant and haunt the reader. An obvious labor of love, this tale of star crossed lovers, and their will and passion for justice at all costs, explodes across the pages in lyrical prose, that can’t be explained accurately, but must instead, be experienced.

Brilliant, intelligent, heartbreaking, Standing at the Crossroads is powerful and passionate, leaving the reader to hold their breath, fists clenched, in alternating bouts of pleasure and pain. Only 159 pages long, Standing at the Crossroads double dog dares anyone who picks it up to put it down, proof positive, that sometimes, the best things do indeed, come in small packages. Sublime from start to finish.

Rating: 5/5

Claudia lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband and two children.Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Permanent Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction

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    Looking at the cover I would never have picked this book up to read (the blood running down his face like a tear creeps me out a little). Now that I have read the description and your stellar review I see that would be a mistake. I will probably look for this one at the library as well. Thanks for the review!
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    Carol Wong says:

    With a review like that I have must read this one!!! Seems like everything is against these two yet they are together in defiance. Would love to see this as a movie as there seem to be so many visual images that can from this movie. I checked the price of this book and be counting it as one to look for in the library later. Also read the first pages of the book. I was drawn in immediately.

    Carol Wong

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    This is the third review of this book I have read and everyone has the same thoughts about it. It’s powerful, strong message is one of triumph and if you like books that make you feel and think you might like this one.

    After reading the great reviews for this book, I am really intrigued to read it for myself.
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