, 2008 - Fiction
- 294 pages
Daughter Denied is told through the eyes of 7-year-old Tina, a sensitive and precocious girl, and her mother Earnestine, who's trapped in a cycle of heroin addiction and co-dependency. This grim routine leaves Tina and her siblings trapped in a grueling cycle themselves: bouncing from one hole-in-the-wall to another; vacillating between faith and despair as Earnestine makes and breaks promise after promise to end her drug use and leave their abusive and career criminal stepfather, Brother Floyd. By summer's end, Earnestine, who's been looking forward to Brother Floyd's release from prison, learns he has to serve more time for bad behavior. Distraught, she has a nervous breakdown. After a questionable recuperation she moves the family down south. Will the south become the much awaited promise land for Tina and her siblings or just another broken promise?