Holding On To Somewhere

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
264 Pages
Reviewed on 06/25/2011
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Author Biography

W. Kay Shabazz, an African American novelist and short story writer enjoys writing about her experiences & passions in relationships and cooking.
Blessed with blended families; an African American child raised as the youngest in a White home,and later reuniting with her biological family. While trying to find her way, she fell in love with reading as a means to fill the hole in her heart; from the Bible to Nikki Giovanni, she loved to read.
While a student at The Ohio State University, a professor of African American studies, Dr. Nelson encouraged her to continue writing after reading a paper she wrote about Marcus Garvey. Kay's motivation for writing came out of her circumstance-writing was therapy.
Her debut novel "Holding On To Somewhere" was written to encourage those who have been affected by domestic violence.
Currently living in Central Ohio, Kay continues to write her second novel while working as an event planner. To learn more about W. Kay Shabazz log onto www.Carbon2DiamondPress.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

Holding On To Somewhere by W. Kay Shabazz is a very emotional book. It is the story of one woman’s courage and strength, along with her faith, to finally get herself and her children out of an abusive relationship. But all of this came with a cost. For eleven years Kim stood beside her husband, despite being beaten and bruised and accused of infidelity. Adept at hiding the bruises, she finally got up the nerve to leave and return to her grandparents, only to go back to her husband when he promised to change. After a move to Africa, two more tries at making her marriage work and almost losing her two boys, she finally had the courage to take her boys and end this relationship.

How can one describe this book? It is one that cannot be put down once you start reading and encounter the strength and the faith of a women who suffered at the hands of her husband. The personalities of each character seem to draw you right into the story, to each derogatory word that is spoken, to each slap of the hand, or each kick or blow of the fist. The end of the book sums it all up..."List and Listen: Make a list of what’s holding you back. Get Centered: There are always signs. Make your own change: Take charge of your life." And the best for last..."Hold onto your Faith: Your lowest moment is your best moment, your darkest time will make you shine." I would love to see a sequel to this book to see how she and her children have managed and if her husband finally leaves her alone. This is a recommended read.