The Woman from Cheshire Avenue (Summer, 2011)

**Update** Normally, I wouldn't make a trailer this long or in-depth, but there are a lot of talented and neglected nerds and artists who more than deserve the appreciation.


The Woman from Cheshire Avenue is my upcoming fourth book.  It's a novella inspired by a critique of the film Neo Ned (2005) starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union.  The critic mentioned something about how the writer for Neo Ned became frightened of his own brilliance and backed away from his clever premise.  Inspired, I decided to go dark and not back down.

That being said, this book is not for the faint or heart nor the easily offended.  Brace yourselves for disturbing imagery and offensive language.

In The Woman from Cheshire Avenue, Lilith Wells is a successful young black woman, and the daughter of a prominent local politician.  After a bizarre first encounter, she becomes the object of obsession to a Neo-Nazi from the streets.
Lilith: You weren’t invited.  We have security in the building, and I’m pretty sure they installed a riffraff detector.

Eric: Must be offline.  And as for the guards…you’d be surprised how far a bag of blow will get you in this town.
First introduced in my second book, Folklore, and Other Stories, the dreaded Hirosawa family returns, doing what they do best: pulling political strings and doing business on the other side of the law.  The book introduces new members of the family, including Michael Hirosawa, who's been ordered to "play nice" with Lilith's father.
Michael (to Eric): You mean home girl here didn’t explain? Coke-snorting trash from the streets can’t date the daughters of prominent city politicians, Eric. And don’t you goose-steppers frown upon gettin’ nekkid with Negroes anyhow?
As Lilith finds herself being stalked by men with less than honorable intentions, she soon realizes the best way out of this mess is probably death.

Comments

  1. Neo Ned! loved it! as i'm human, i would have loved a happy ending, but. . .

    can't wait to read your novel(la). thanks for the preview.

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  2. There are no words for how much I love this. :)

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  3. I watched Neo Ned and was surprised that I found it quite nice. I'll be sure to get a copy of your book.

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  4. I'll rent the movie so I can have a reference point for when I read the novel.

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  5. @ Neo-Prodigy

    Actually, you won't need to. My book and that film are nothing alike.

    The challenge wasn't plot-specific. I just asked myself: could I write something disturbing and keep going, rather back off and lighten up near the middle?

    Writing the third chapter alone (which you can read on the Cafe) was difficult as hell.

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  6. I guess I'll have to wait till the summer for the book and Temple just ruined the movie for me-I hadn't seen it yet :p

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  7. My book list gets longer in the best way possible. I'm looking forward to your new reads Ankh. I'm glad you aren't backing off, take it where ever it needs to go.

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  8. I actually read the first three chapters a while ago, but didn't comment. You're such a good writer! "Dysfunctional threesome", "price... was going to give their father a stroke"- lol. I love when you describe the whole obsession with "German" heritage and the grandparents' reaction. When this comes out, will it be available at Borders or something? Should I try to order it online? I want to read the rest.

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  9. @ Pajamas

    When it comes out, trust that you will have all the info necessary to get it.

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  10. Thanks to everyone who's been reading the chapters at the Café, by the way. I've corrected some typos in case you want to reread. The -- symbol was coming out as " for some reason.

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  11. Beautiful trailer. Love the crisp imagery... very well done.

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  12. Nice trailer. I'll check out the chapters at the site.

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  13. It's very rare that I read books that aren't autobiographies/biographies. The last one I've read was almost ten years ago from Elizabeth Adkins however,this one has really peaked my interest. I've read the previews and I must share the sentiments of many of the posters on here..can't wait for the story to come out. If the first 3 chapters have made me curious about the book, I could only imagine how good the rest of it will be. Now my Summer drought of books have been quenched by this.

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  14. I started this book on Friday and finished it Saturday. It was fantastic. The ending was amazing.

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