Dominica's Inferno

Fiction - Drama
193 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2017
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Author Biography

Throughout the years, Ms. Maharis has done plenty of writing. It is her greatest joy. Writing enables her to explore worlds through the written and spoken word. She enjoys being creator of lives which would have never existed without the power of her imagination. When she isn't writing, she likes to cook with her aunt, and delve into a good book. Every book she reads sparks her curiosity. Her own published works consists of Dominica's Inferno (a novel), Japlin And Japlin (a novella), Peering Through A Streaked Window (a collective work of poetry), and four ebooks.

She developed her passion for books in the fourth grade when reading Judy Blume's Tales Of The Fourth Grade Nothing. Ms. Blume inspired Ms. Maharis to put pencil to paper, and write her own works of fiction. In the fifth grade, her teacher assigned the class spelling words each week of which they were to use for creating short stories to present at the end of each week. Ms. Maharis's stories were the favorite of her class.

She attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College for two years and then went on to attend Western Michigan University for two more years where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing. Following graduation from college, she competed in literary competitions where she received awards and honors for poetry and prose.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Born to difficult and lazy parents, Dominica Moore lives in a kind of hell, with abuse and rejection. She feels like rebelling against everyone. She wasn’t born with her bread buttered for her, and besides the pressure she experiences from her domineering parents, she also suffers from rejection from her peers in school. Her heart wrenching story takes readers on an emotional ride through the difficult episodes of her life, from working at the Junior Burger Restaurant to support her studies and family when she is not in school to losing a brother. In her solitude, Dominica seeks refuge in God, but she loses her faith in God with the passing of her brother. She develops a supernatural connection with her brother, and feels his presence as though he were a guardian angel. But is that enough to fill the void in her heart?

Dominica's Inferno by Joanna Maharis is a story that readers will be familiar with, a story that is played out in the lives of many young people, driven by rejection and pushed to the wall. The story is psychologically and emotionally rich and the reader will easily connect with the protagonist. Although there is a lot of explaining in the story, the first person narrative grabs the reader’s attention powerfully and pulls them into the world of the protagonist. The language is polished and the author has a unique narrative style which allows her voice to ring strongly in the reader’s ears. Dominica's Inferno explores the dynamics of family and friendship and follows a woman’s journey in search of acceptance. Joanna Maharis conveys the message that human connections are vital to a healthy, fulfilling life. Her characters are well developed and readers will want to know what happens to them in the story.