Book Review

By: Melvina D. Edwards, Ph.D.

The Paradoxical Union: Category: Novel ? Fiction (Spiritual Short-Story) with Religion/Inspirational message ? Family & Relationships/Divorce: Manhattan, New York City Borough, primary setting beginning in the 1980s The Paradoxical Union, follows the life of the main character named Paris Hope who powers through multiple trials, tribulations, and challenges growing up then, as a young woman, she enters a relationship seemingly created by heaven, but they were from opposite worlds. Instead, Paris soon learns that she entered into unhealthy and toxic matrimony that leads to a sheer pit of hell. The union gradually augments to an intertwined subtle ploy, extensive abuse, mental cruelty, aggression, and domestic violence. The character Paris has a loving spirit. She is intellectual, ambiguous, classy and has big aspirations and dreams, but; becomes stripped “TO her joy,”-but not stripped of it. After devastating struggles and traumatization fostered by the twisted union, she finds a way “TO” escape finding survival through faith, shaping who she’d become, and accomplishing her dreams. Paris’ intimate partner is a community, national and global figure who is self-exalted, grandiose and breeds narcissism. Dr. Melveena D. Edwards, the author and therapist, is the narrator of this short-story who has the birds-eye-view of all the goings-on from the perspective of Paris. Dr. Edwards is the outsider looking into Paris’ life as she pauses, revisits, and sojourns to impart her experience regarding the severe social epidemic issue of an abusive and violence culture that plagues our society today. Paris shares her “must tell all” story to help and motivate someone. In so telling the story, Dr. Edwards is educational and shares vital facts promoting awareness.

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