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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Crowning Glory: River’s Journey is a work of fiction on personal and cultural themes, penned by author Taylor Thompson. Beginning historically during the 1950s racial tensions of Hopewell, Texas, we meet our central character River as a young child and journey with her through much of her life. Ultimately a tale of survival through pain, abuse, and trials by fire, River learns what it means to be a black woman by the influences of those around her, exploring self-hatred, lust, and racism, but also passion, love, and success as time goes by. What results is a tale of uprising that encapsulates the shifting ideologies of the modern world, connecting past experience to present day political progress.
At its heart, River’s is a deeply personal story which is sure to touch the hearts of readers who enjoy compelling drama and complex, emotive tales, but the talent of author Taylor Thompson spreads far beyond the story into real-world issues and important messages for the modern day. The prose and dialogue bring us close to our central character, and the explicit content is well chosen to be impactful without gratuitousness, conveying important moments of pleasure and pain that define River’s next stage of life. Raw and unfiltered, we see a real woman and a real story that reflects the lives of so many in its fictional world, making it all the more heartfelt, heart-breaking and heart-warming at different times. Overall, Crowning Glory: River’s Journey is an accomplished piece of fiction with much to experience, enjoy and remember.