Miss Nobody (Shaw Family Saga, Book 1) by Nicole Dunlap
Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children unto the third and fourth generation.
Deserted at the young age of six months, the young girl, Raven, grew up with her birth shrouded in mystery. She was raised by her grandparents, and unaware of the fact that she was the product of a love affair gone bad, by the interference of a jealous woman who wanted what her mother already had, and a grandmother who was running away from her own secret.
Miss Nobody portrays in many ways the childhood dreams of teenagers who run away from home to find stardom. Many of them land on the streets as prostitutes or die of drug abuse. Some of them attain enough success to live from their talent, but years passed by before they reach their goal. By the time they have arrived, they are bitter, cold and uncaring. They have sold their souls. So is it with Charlene Shaw. The love struck teenager, who does not know she is already pregnant, slips away during the day as her mother is working. She runs to the bus stop and she leaves behind her the Bible she never reads, and family morals she learned to seek her fame in Hollywood. The story opens up with the dreams of the mother, Charlene Shaw, being destroyed. Having missed her bus, she consents to riding with a truck driver who looks harmless and helpful. Ignoring the warning signs rising up within her, she pays a high price for a ride that was supposed to be heading westward to Arizona.
Dunlap writes a story about rape, incest, disregard for friendship, and the perpetuation of a family curse, which continues throughout the generations in two families. It shows how hideous it is to hide the truth and it displays the results that spring out of one woman being raped by her husband’s best friend. Dunlap also tackles jealousy and class difference through the character Elise who goes to extreme measures to get the man she wants at any cost.
- What does a young girl do when she seeks answers about her birth?
- How do you explain to a child her mother’s first name is not Harlot, Whore or Hoe?
This is one of the main themes, which runs through Miss Nobody, and the author, Nicole Dunlap, tastefully handles this issue.
Rape, a word, which is often shunned in our society, raises it ugly head throughout her book and destroys the life of a grandmother, mother, and a daughter. Each one living a lie while the truth remains buried, hidden deep within their souls. However, the protagonists are not the only ones that suffer. The antagonist, Elise, also has a hidden secret she has never revealed. Whether or not she reveals, her secret can only be found out by reading the book.
I see a running theme throughout the entire book––Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children unto the third and fourth generation.
Even though rape and incest is finely interwoven in the story, the woman is not the weak character. Dunlap shows the strength of the female. Her female characters, although struck down by events in life, gain strength, and they survive. Her male characters play assistant roles. Their lack of integrity and love of money cause a generational curse to continue on because they refuse to take responsibility. The men’s indecisiveness is quite obvious in Dunlap’s book. Thus, the main protagonist, Raven, thinks about the fate of the one she loves, and whether or not she will let him live.
Miss Nobody, A Shaw Family Saga, Book One is well written. The story is engaging. The suspense built into the book by Dunlap carries the reader through a saga where you are constantly wondering who is the father of whom. She does this wonderfully without using any detailed sexual scenes, even though sexual intimacy is not ignored.
It is a worthwhile read, a book that will take you away from your day-to-day activities as you enter into Dunlap’s alternative world.
Again I come back to what I consider to be the overlying theme, a theme, Nicole Dunlap handles beautifully––Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children unto the third and fourth generation.
This theme alone is a reason to buy and read the book.
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