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Lemonade A plucky eleven-year-old boy, love child of a Hollywood mega star and his uptight manager mother, is murdered in his Los Angeles swimming pool. He is pissed and back from the dead to find out why. Through his mother Alice’s efforts, the killer is revealed, and his death avenged. The boy, satisfied with the outcome and the knowledge his mom is on the upswing, can now rest in peace. Forever changed by his death, Alice has channeled her son’s moxie, reformed her high-strung ways to become, much to his delight, the woman he always knew she could be. The journey of Lemonade was to mine and to unravel the human psyche. From the earnest and psychologically untainted perspective of an eleven-year-old boy to the well-honed façade of his mother and somewhat less nuanced psyche of his father. The evolution of the mind, the construct of socialization and its divisive erosion on the purity of self. The skeleton, the flesh, and muscle of the novel provide a fast-paced ride through life’s most tragic and stunning events unveiled through the differing perspectives of the child, the mother, and the father. The heart of the novel lies in the transformation of Alice, the mother, witnessing the ecdysis of her skin, allowing for further growth and the removal of proverbial parasites on her heart and soul. In the novel, each character must stretch beyond their limitations, conquer their demons and assimilate their experiences to become more self-actualized.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot: This novel is a wonderfully plotted page-turner with a story that explores childhood, parenthood, friendship, and finding a zest for life.

Prose: Each voice in this story has a distinct style and rhythm, and the prose is lively and strong.

Originality: This story is wholly original and utterly engaging. The book's surprises and skillful characterizations set this novel apart.

Character Development: The characters are dynamic and sympathetic. Even secondary characters are well rendered and multi-layered.

Date Submitted: July 14, 2018