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About the author:
Born in the mid-1960's Curtis W. Jackson spent most of his life living on Long Island. He was a home health aide, mortgage inspector before he published his first book, There were other manual labor jobs over the years. Mr. Jackson received his education in the Bay Shore school system. He regularly participates in non-profit educational work. Mr. Jackson is currently a student at Full Sail University; he resides in Suffolk County, New York.
Waiting for Regina
Curtis W Jackson
Waiting for Regina is a heart-warming, beautiful and disconcertingly reflective book. The novel is composing from a short story written by the same author entitled, Regina, What Is the Color of It? Presenting as a long and eloquent letter from a friend, Mispha, a dark girl from a Haitian-Jamaican black family, writes to her close childhood companion. She is Regina whose "brown sugar" skin is a lighter shade. Both are in their teen years. This book is basing during the heydays of the latter 1980's as one character states, "the age of Bill Cosby."
Racism, bullying, interracial marriage, abuse, and loss of life are just a few of the various themes treated and touched upon in this book. Unexpecting expiry is one of the underlying issues of the first time novel citing in the early chapters regarding the bereavements of relatives in both of the girl's families. The publication is well written and gives a nostalgic and almost a warm feeling to it. Moreover, we see and witness the old America which was segregating while under the notion that integration was in practice. While not exploiting those serious themes, this novel may become one of the most entertaining of the year with lively and varied characters, fluid pacing, and unforgettable dialogue.
Ali Larsen-Amazon (Five-Star Review)
The story touches on many other serious themes, such as depression and evolution versus creation (along with the obvious plot line of being a person of color trying to succeed). These subjects are beautifully woven together as the narrator writes the story to a friend. This is an insightful book that will really make you think about the world we're living in.
Although we can say that Regina is our eyes through this story, is Mispha who is in secret the protagonist here. Mispha is Haitian-Jamaican while Regina's skin has a lighter tone, and sometimes that is all that takes for there to be difference, and that's the tragic magic in here.
The time where this book is set is on the years where racism was present and was a key factor in society. That is why Mispha got discriminated a lot, because of her color. But that's not the only controversial point this novel was trying to reach, others are Religion and Family as well, some that even these days are not addressed properly.
Diego Quintero-Goodreads (Five Star Review)
As I mentioned before, the story is highly immersive; the writer does a fantastic job making the reader feel like he is the one living these events, and when you close the book, the words stick with you, something that most books of this same profile fail to accomplish more often that I would like to say.
Jeda Maderse-The Booknerd Dragon (Five Star Review)
I totally love the story of this book. I love how the situations in it are really, really close to reality.
Lewis N. Jackson-Author, Ksana-Kai (Four Star Review)
This is a story about race relations, a sensitive topic, which Curtis handles expertly. There is a lot to learn from this book, and it causes one to reflect on the role they play in society towards supporting equitable treatment for people of all races. This is a page turner. Go out and buy it and you will be richly rewarded.
Mia Johnson-Goodreads (Five Star Review)
Waiting for Regina by Curtis W. Jackson is a wonderful novel that I read recently. It made me enjoy my leisure time and made me think about my past and childhood. This novel is filled with flashbacks and dialogues making it lively, convincing and highly understandable. Mixed with a passion for family the tale flows entertaining the reader. Mispha's letter to the black girl Regina is...mind opening, and I highly enjoyed this. My wish is not to exploit the thrill, curiosity, and anxiety of reading the reading, so I won't detail any further. I recommend this as a must-read for everyone.
- Publication Date:
- 154499236X / 9781544992365
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Friendship