This award-winning book is a fan favorite and the start to a riveting family saga.
In the wake of her father's sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky's violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?
This is the story of a girl who grows into a woman before your very eyes. It is new adult fiction that packs a punch and plenty of surprises--not the typical domestic abuse storyline.
This true to life story walks a careful line between fiction and reality. With characters as real as you and me, it will break and mend your heart a hundred times because it has just the right amount of honesty and love.
"A naturally gifted storyteller, Simmons, has put her heart and soul into this cautionary tale of perseverance, hope and strength...This is the story of how Pecan finally finds her strength, and when she does it will make you want to cheer."
"Ms. Simmons has done a brilliant job of crafting a story that will stick with you for a long time."
"From the very first page, this story sucked me in. Simmons gives Pecan a strong voice, even as she struggles to find her own inner strength. The writing is lyrical and compelling, which kept me turning the pages during difficult and heartbreaking passages. Luckily for the reader, the story is about more than those terrible moments. There is a slow and beautiful process of self-discovery that allows Pecan to become Belinda, allows a lost, grieving child to become a strong, self-sufficient woman."
"As the story progresses, the narrator grows stronger, making this both a novel of a woman’s courage and a call to action against domestic abuse."
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Readers' Favorite awarded a gold medal to How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch in the fiction category of social issues. In addition to the medal, Readers' Favorite will be displaying this title and other gold winners at this year's Miami Book Fair International.