Deborah's Gift

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
314 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2022
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Author Biography

I grew up in the Southwest and attended the University of New Mexico, where I won the Freshman Honors prize one semester and dropped out the next. After a brief but enjoyable stint as a singer-songwriter in Berkeley, I completed my education and taught English at American River College in Sacramento. It was a privilege to be at the crossroads for so many people, being a small part of the process that moves them forward to their own goals, encouraging students to make sense of unfamiliar imaginative texts and to make sense in expressing their ideas. My main character, Deborah, is a woman for whom creativity is of prime importance. Because she is a painter, I can portray her creativity without having to paint anything myself except in words, which is a medium I’m comfortable with. I am also the author of Circus Girl and Other Stories and the novel, Tina Goes to Heaven.

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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Deborah’s Gift by Lois Ann Abraham is a tale of triumph born out of tragedy. Deborah’s parents died when she was young, leaving Deborah in the care of her grandmother in St. Louis. Deborah learns to paint her way out of heartache. She hopes that one day she will be free to paint all that she can imagine. When her grandmother dies, Deborah’s world is once more consumed with grief. Tante Charity becomes her guardian. She is strict and controls everything in Deborah’s life. Tante took Deborah to the family estate in Martinique, in the Caribbean, when she was sixteen. It is on the tropical island of Mount Pelee that Deborah came of age. Deborah became pregnant and was forced to leave her baby boy Gianni behind. Deborah vowed to be free of her cruel Tante and return to Martinique and her beloved Gianni. Deborah’s gift is her solace, it drives her, takes her to the brink of madness, and then sets her free.

Lois Ann Abraham has a refined gift of storytelling and writes a beautiful, yet heartbreaking historical tale in Deborah’s Gift. Her descriptions go beyond mere illustrations as they reveal the passion and power of the imagination. The reader is immersed in the story, plunged into the heart and soul of the main character. Poignant, elegant, and horrific narrative pictures flood the pages. The novel sucks you in and doesn’t let you go. The protagonist is compelled, she is a slave to her gift. The antagonist’s attempts to stifle and subdue the gift create a propellent, which only fuels the artistic fire and fervor. The conflict simmers page after page until the turning point releases an eruption of massive proportions. My mind's eye looked deep into the narrative to behold, feel and mentally touch the portrayal of the eruption of Mount Pelee. Exquisite writing! As the main character arcs, her gift for painting becomes her salvation from the horrors of her life. Using your gifts provides a means of escape, allowing you to triumph even in tragedy. Abraham unveils the artistry, purpose, depth, and clarity of life. The book lingers in your soul and continues to speak long after the last sentence is read.