Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White

Claudia Mair Burney, Author
Claudia Mair Burney, Author David C. Cook $13.99 (389p) ISBN 978-0-7814-4550-4
Reviewed on: 03/31/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
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The voice of beautiful Zora Nella Hampton Johnson\x97her name echoing the author of her favorite novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God\x97will take you up and carry you along until she utters her very last syllable. Anger, laughter and delight come from Zora's sharp, sassy tongue as if she is talking out loud. Burney's gift for voice is not limited to her heroine, though it takes her longer to get the other main character, Nicky Parker, the handsome but poor son of a racist pastor, to shine as distinctly as Zora. At this novel's heart are love and race\x97what happens when a self-described BAP (black American princess), the daughter of a famous megachurch leader, falls in love with a young white man. Zora and Nicky's dialogue about race is unflinching, with attitude, honesty and occasional humor. Burney pushes her prose to the edge of the edgiest in the \x93Christian fiction\x94 genre, and then barrels right over. She doesn't sugar-coat, especially when it comes to sex, yet she manages to create a love story that's both erotic and chaste. Faith in Jesus comes to life on the page through Zora and Nicky's intense, if imperfect, soul searching. Though parts are a bit melodramatic, Burney gives readers a page-turner for all audiences, Christian and beyond. (Apr.)
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