Review: The Wisdom Of Hair by Kim Boykin

Posted February 20th, 2013 by in Blog, Review, Women's Fic - Chick-lit / 0 comments

The Wisdom Of Hair is an enchanting, unforgettable novel, that is well scripted with beautiful prose. Readers will find themselves drawn to it’s Southern hospitality and charm. This is one book that you won’t want to miss!

TWoHIn 1983, on her nineteenth birthday, Zora Adams leaves her home in the mountains, hoping to find a better life.  Zora is fleeing from a life of abuse and neglect at the hands of her alcoholic mother.

Wanting a better life, Zora enrolls in the Davenport School Of Beauty. It is there where she meets her new best friend, whose family soon adopts her as one of their own. For the first time in her life Zora feels like she has a real family.

Zora finds herself drawn to the widower next door, who is drowning his sorrows in a bottle of alcohol. Zora wants more than anything to have a relationship with her gorgeous neighbor, but he is unable to make any kind of commitment. Zora must decide if she is willing to live without the love that she deserves or if she must move on in order to find true happiness.

Kim Boykin has written a winner with The Wisdom Of Hair!  This story is deeply moving and endearing. I was glued to my seat and unable to put it down. If you like a faced past read, with a lot of depth of emotion, strong characters, and a little bit of Southern charm, then you are going to love The Wisdom Of Hair!




05SBook Info: Publisher: Berkley Trade (March 5, 2013)

“The problem with cutting your own hair is that once you start, you just keep cutting, trying to fix it, and the truth is, some things can never be fixed. The day of my daddy’s funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime-store watercolor sets. I was nine years old. People asked me why I did it, but I was too young then to know I was changing my hair because I wanted to change my life.”

In 1983, on her nineteenth birthday, Zora Adams finally says goodbye to her alcoholic mother and their tiny town in the mountains of South Carolina. Living with a woman who dresses like Judy Garland and brings home a different man each night is not a pretty existence, and Zora is ready for life to be beautiful.

With the help of a beloved teacher, she moves to a coastal town and enrolls in the Davenport School of Beauty. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Cathcart, she learns the art of fixing hair, and becomes fast friends with the lively Sara Jane Farquhar, a natural hair stylist. She also falls hard for handsome young widower Winston Sawyer, who is drowning his grief in bourbon. She couldn’t save Mama, but maybe she can save him.

As Zora practices finger waves, updos, and spit curls, she also comes to learn that few things are permanent in this life–except real love, lasting friendship, and, ultimately… forgiveness.

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