The Mad Sister

The Mad Sister

Fiction - Mystery - Historical
234 Pages
Reviewed on 04/25/2012
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Author Biography

Award Winning author, Carol Denise Mitchell,(1955-) was born the sixth of sixteen children to Zebbie and Tasceaie Charles, in Los Angeles, California. In 1977 the author moved to the Bay Area to launch an impressive, thirty-year writing career. She wrote "What Happened to Suzy," winning praise and a coveted book award for its' message of healing and hope.

Mitchell, was also featured in the Oakland Post Newspaper, and was singlehandely picked for the impressive Oakland Post project honoring slain Editor, Chauncey Bailey.

April, 2009, The Celebration of Women Writers recognized Mitchell's impressive writing contributions - inducting her into the prestigious author database (dating back to the 16th Century). On March 9, 2011, Mitchell was granted a special commendation by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, during their one-hundred year celebration, for her impressive writing career.

On September 1, 2011, Ms. Mitchell was named a book award winner for her acclaimed novel, "What Happened to Suzy."

Ms Mitchell's new book, "The Mad Sister," is a well-written, well-edited book on one child's desire to bring back her dead sister, and is a "must read!".

Mitchell's books are written to hone in on special characters that attract and entertain a growing spectrum of eclectic, interested readers, throughout the country and abroad.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

Mercy Jean Diamond was born to African-American heart surgeon Fred Diamond and his wife, Maggie, a reformed prostitute, on July 12, 1928. Ten years later to the day, Mercy's sister Roxy Ann is born, and Mercy loves her baby sister. She reads to her and plays with her and continues to adore Roxy even though Fred and Maggie are terrible to her while they show preference to Roxy. Then, a fire destroys the Diamonds' home and Roxy dies in the blaze. Mercy is grief-stricken but the people of Parish, California, her hometown, watch over her and love her even though Fred and Maggie ignore Mercy and don't even attend her high school graduation. Mercy is a genius, goes to Yale on full scholarship and becomes a doctor. But Roxy's death has driven Mercy over the edge and she becomes crazy, returning home to rebuild the family home and to sell illegal drugs, earning herself a fortune and scares the townspeople who love her by promising to do scientific, medical research to bring back Roxy. But can Mercy really bring back her long-dead sister?

"The Mad Sister" is a well-written and well-edited story of an exceptionally brilliant young African American girl and what she plans to do with her genius despite the fact that her mother and father abuse her verbally and physically. The street language of the first half of "The Mad Sister" is totally realistic as are the wide range of characters in this exceptional book which tells it like it is. On page 91, Mercy's household is tolerant of her sometimes bizarre behavior, "the others who did not give a hoot what the boss did in her own house as long as she paid them on time". The plot flows smoothly with the twists and turns necessary in telling Mercy's story and the ending will totally surprise most, if not all, readers. "The Mad Sister" is a hoot and well worth reading.

Katie S.

Very well written.