In this unconventional and remarkably gripping novel, Ford masterfully uses first-person narrative to involve readers in Adrian's story. While sad, it is not depressing. Ford breaks down preconceived notions and unfolds a saga in which readers will know the ending and still be glued to every page.

The story begins with Adrian jumping off a building, leaving her less than a minute to tell her life story. A white, blue-eyed beauty, she was sent to live in poverty with her bigoted grandmother when her father committed suicide. At 18, she marries a millionaire and suffers in a loveless marriage. She finds solace in Anthem, a gifted black musician she knew and loved when they were young. (DAFINA, Nov., 304 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed by: 
Robin R. Pendleton