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Playing with the Hand I Was Dealt
PLAYING WITH THE HAND I WAS DEALT
 (Paperback)
 

Author: Nikki Jenkins
Price: 14.00
ISBN:
1593090463
Pages: 240
Category:
Fiction

 
Sale: $10.95
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Description:

A fresh new voice in fiction, Nikki Jenkins's novel imagines the life of a
woman who experiences the best and worst of everyone around her -- and
tries to redeem every relationship she has, no matter how crazy and
convoluted they become.

Natalie Kelley's world is in danger of falling apart, and she is the only
one who can keep that from happening. Her husband, Anderson -- who has an
undeniable history of adultery -- is once again preoccupied with something
other than work. And that's not all. Natalie has to deal with her own
spoiled mother, drug-addicted sister, man-crazy best friend, and her own
children who are too young to take care of themselves.

Natalie goes through three days of her life, desperately clinging to the
only life she knows and supporting everyone who relies on her, all at
once. Her husband's actions verge on the edge of abusive, and it is only a
matter of time before Natalie discovers what has been drawing him further
away from their love -- and the results will shock everyone.

Her struggles are contrasted with flashbacks that help make sense of the
present, showing her relationships as they had been, and as they might yet
become again. Through it all, Natalie strives to be available for everyone, but is even her indomitable spirit up to the task? Playing With the Hand I Was Dealt is an insightful debut about a woman's attempts to redefine "normal" in a life gone mad.

 

About the Author:

Playing with the Hand I Was Dealt is Nikki Jenkins’s first published
novel. Published in August 2007, Playing with the Hand I was Dealt was selected, in September 2007 as a Black Expressions Book Club alternate selection and in October 2007 it was named a Karibu Books best seller.

Nikki identified her passion for writing after receiving her graduate
degree from The Ohio State University. It was at a time when most writers
had been honing their skills for years. However, her passion for
storytelling is so intense that she feels that she can overcome her lack
of experience with her God-given talents. By using her ability to create
realistic characters and captivating storylines, Nikki feels that she is
on her way to establishing herself as a heavy-hitter in the writing
industry.

Nikki’s ultimate goal is to parlay her part-time writing into a full-time
career. “I want to write children’s stories, screenplays and scripts for
television. I want to do it all! At times I feel as if my personality is
too creative to be confined within the walls of an office building.” In
addition to being free to write, Nikki wants to spend more time with her
family. “Not only am I writing to entertain, but I want to write to give
my children opportunities that I may not have had because my mother was
either working or to tired from working.”

“I want to be known as a serious novelist. One who is clever with word
choice and thought provoking in delivery. The ability to take arbitrary
words and put them together to create sentences that flow and are that
rhythmic, now that’s what gets me going!”

Nikki lives in Reynoldsburg, Ohio with her two children and her fiancé.
 
 
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