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Depth of Focus: The Stanzas & A Novel

by Kenya D. Williamson

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Depth of Focus is a story line about a 20 something finding her independence. Danni, the main character, has been taking care of others her whole life. At age 5, her father left the family, as he had difficulty dealing with Danni's mentally unstable mother. He left behind his old camera, which Danni treasured. The responsibility of taking care of her mother fell to her aunt Jackie, until Danni was old enough to help. Through suicide attempts and a rarely functional mother, Danni grows up, not trusting anyone except her aunt.

At age 24, exhausted from taking care of her mother, Danni finally leaves for New York to go to photography school once she can save the money. Before she gets through her first day, she has her digital camera stolen. He father's camera gets saved by a homeless man. When Danni finds a job as a server in a restaurant, she brings him dinner every night.

She dates, but is afraid to let anyone near her. She's afraid of having her heartbroken, afraid of getting to close just to have someone leave. Her sister's friend, April, comes to stay with her until April can get back on her feet. This unusual relationship leads to Danni wanting to be a better person.

The story in written in both stanza and a novel. I read the stanza version, but I just couldn't find the rhythm of the verses. It made me wish I would have just read the novel instead. I wasn't please with the story line, but I wasn't displeased either. Some of the story lines were tied up to nicley, and some weren't tied up at all. It seemed to move to fast, without a depth of focus. There is much potential in Ms. Williamson's writing, but I don't think this book was her best. ( )
  seashellmoore | Mar 4, 2012 |
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This 612-page combined volume of the verse novel "Depth of Focus" follows a young woman's journey into independence. But, leaving her past behind doesn't mean it will leave her alone in her future. Told through both poetry and what would appear to be normal prose, both books contain the exact same words. But, the stanzas reveal their rhythm.

Synopsis: After years of putting her family first, Danni decides it's finally time to take care of her own wants and needs. But, leaving everyone behind to follow her dreams in a new city presents its own set of challenges for the twenty-four-year-old aspiring photographer who didn't get to go to college when she had the chance. Without a scholarship, she's financially on her own.

As she struggles to balance a meddling roommate, nosy neighbor, former lover, current lover, mostly-absent father, jealous sibling, insecure best friend and suicidal mother with the demands of her lousy waitressing job, approaching birthday party and shrinking college fund, she realizes her dreams might not come true. Returning home a failure becomes more and more likely by the day. But, if she continues keeping everyone who cares about her at arm's length, she stands to lose a lot more than a promising career. She could lose her family and a shot at what she fears the most - falling in love.

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