Why Ruin Another Life

Fiction - Realistic
170 Pages
Reviewed on 04/09/2024
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Author Biography

Author Anthony Weathers introduces his new book "Why Ruin Another Life," a compelling exploration of a tumultuous period in American history. Set in Mississippi during the 1950s, the novel delves into themes of domestic abuse and violence, shedding light on the social taboos and inequalities of the time.

Adapted from a screenplay he wrote years ago into this captivating story, Weathers brings his talents as a storyteller to the forefront. The book is available on Amazon and featured on popular literary sites and publications, indicating a growing interest and recognition in Weathers's work.

This blend of the author's personal life experiences and inherited tales lends his work an extraordinary flavor. It gives readers a glimpse into his life journey and the broader cultural landscape that has shaped him. The author resides in the Harlem area of New York City.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Why Ruin Another Life by Anthony Weathers is based on true events. Marva's mother sold her to an elderly man, Roshield, at a very young age, and she attended school while doing her chores and looking after her daughter. After Roshield died, Marva stayed with her friend, Novella, and her mother until she could stand on her own two feet. Marva was reluctant at first to agree to marry Boyd, but even after Novella warned her against him, Marva still married Boyd. Raylene, Marva's eldest daughter, had to look after her siblings while her mother had two jobs. It did not take long before Raylene caught Boyd's attention, and he stopped her from having any friends. The decision Marva's mother made years ago caused a series of events that permanently changed the course of Marva's and Raylene’s lives.

Anthony Weathers' compelling and emotional book, Why Ruin Another Life, is about the dysfunctional dynamics of multiple generations within a family. This page-turner had me enthralled from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. The writing style gave life to the characters, and I lost myself in Marva's and her children's lives and circumstances. The characters were likable and relatable because of their complexity and authenticity. Marva's children suffered greatly as a result of the trauma she experienced by being sold by her mother, which had a profound effect on her children. The storyline is intertwined with themes of domestic abuse, violence, redemption, optimism, and important lessons. The book is captivating and well-written, and I will remember it for a very long time.