Meet Clay Brown

Fiction - Literary
222 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2023
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Author Biography

Christina Milliner was born in Queens, N.Y. and raised in Brooklyn, where she still resides. She holds an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. In her spare time, she enjoys finding little cafes and admiring street art around Brooklyn. Meet Clay Brown is Christina's first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Meet Clay Brown by Christina Milliner relates the story of Clay Brown, a nineteen-year-old teenager who contracted HIV at birth from her mother. After her mother's death from the same disease, Clay is left alone to take care of her drug-addled and abusive father Jimmy, who has given up on life. Her only friend in the world, Mimi, is also a drug addict who constantly drags Clay into her everyday hustles. After joining an HIV support group at the Hope Church, overseen by a kindly reverend, Clay's life slowly begins to change. She enrolls in the local community college for her GED exams and works with her newfound friends. However, to pursue her new life with freedom, Clay must break the promise she made to her dying mother.

Meet Clay Brown is a moving tale of loss, resilience, hope, and courage. Christina Milliner's engrossing drama isn't without its share of heartbreaks, but it primarily highlights the indomitable nature of the human spirit. Milliner maintains an even pace with the plot, which is perfectly complemented by characters who feel like people you may have met in real life. Clay is someone you can't help but root for. She is relatable to the reader with distinct traits that help her navigate harrowing circumstances amid adversity. I especially enjoyed the relationships between the members of the support group. This is a riveting novel that touches on some relevant social issues. Highly recommended.