by Monica Marie Jones
Reviewed by: Push Nevahda
Floss is a stunning narrative of sophisticated living and diamond ambitions - all served up in a feisty cocktail of drama deluxe and ghetto flair. Monica’s theatrical tale-telling spins hard and fast on a treacherous Dionysus to produce a cold-blooded lesson of what happens when we choose money over morals.
But before Floss lays bare the drama, Monica introduces us to a fashionable collection of perpetrating brothas and haute couture sistas. Usual suspects like Soloman, Abel, and Jabez do little to provide us with new angle on our already pretentious perspectives on African American men, so I was not really impressed with this collected cache of tired black male images. So what if we can relate to and/or know of these types of brothas! That is precisely why I longed for something fresh and creative.
On the other hand, Dionysus is the bitch we love to hate, we love to envy. She’s a classic beauty, sophisticated, high-end, glamorous, and always ‘bout her paper. Men want her, women envy her, and everyone is her footstool - especially her average and common cousin, Torah. And it is on this melodic note that the violinist plays her last concerto. Turns out that Torah gets her poetic justice when ... wait! I wouldn’t dare rat out the plot of the novel’s (unsuspecting) ending, but I will certainly recommend you read it find out for yourself. It’s worth it!
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