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J’s life takes an interesting turn overnight. Friday evening she set out to cover the opening of Black Girl Art Gallery for Face Magazine. Saturday morning, she awakens in the bed of the gallery owner. And yes, he is beside her. And no, she doesn’t get her story before she leaves. But by Sunday night, while she’s still asking herself what happened, you’ll probably be asking yourself this: Are women the new men?
Tenth Letter explores this fascinating dynamic and the role it plays in the clashing of the sexes by introducing you to two people who share an intense desire to be with each other despite the barrage of issues hindering any real chance at success. Hers—she’s that alpha male persona: she’s selfish, rather self-centered, arrogant, and doesn’t know the first thing about how to love another person. And his big issue? Well… he picks the wrong women.
Tenth Letter is a phenomenal debut novel that will anchor many of your debates about men, women, relationships, and the reality of starting over.
In life, we have two stories: the one we tell, and the one that Life tells us. One Word is both: the tale about a time our beloved Jesenia Llaureano, a hedonistic bachelorette, who was summoned to a life of trust, understanding, patience, respect… and pure love—all of which she never wanted. It’s the story—”journey” might be a better word to describe this though—that takes her through life’s deepest, darkest recesses to find what she didn’t even know that she was looking for.
Told through a unique use of nonlinear, alternating narrative—one being our protagonist’s memoir-like voyage of personal vanquish, growth (perhaps even deliverance)—One Word is the “anti-fairytale” love story. It is a story of love, but not a romance; romance is lovely… but love is not always romantic. Although built on a potentially disastrous heard-this-before, boy-meets-girl anecdote (which could’ve caused oversight of its prequel, Tenth Letter), One Word contrarily—poetically… gently… and sweetly—takes readers on a different, more grander ride with the same characters where their lives now become an affecting allegory for the fleeting joys of living and the oversights that make us who we are.