The Candy Shop

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The Candy Shop

Format:  Paperback,

307 pages

Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp

Publish Date: Jan 2010

ISBN-13: 9780758238917

ISBN-10: 0758238916

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Having no regards for people, their property, or even her own life, Faith Simmons has done everything from selling off her life's fortune, to selling her body, to stealing -- all because of her sweet addiction fo the Candy Shop. Looking back ten years ago, who would have ever thought that this well-respected -- and very well-paid -- thirty-five-year-old assistant principal for a performing arts school, would trade in her husband and her daughter, a two-story brick home in a gated community, and a fully-equipped Jaguar for a body riddled with track marks and a substance that gave her a better feling than sex. But when that candy, as she knows it, finally runs out, Faith resorts to the "desperate times, calls for desperate measures" solution, which will have her playing Russian roulette with the Angel of Death. And sooner than later, these episodes will catch up with her so that she will be forced to make some life-altering choices--but will it be too late?


Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp
Publish Date: Jan 2010
ISBN-13: 9780758238917
ISBN-10: 0758238916
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 307
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 6.75 x 1.0


Review by Library Journal (2009-12-17)

The Candy Shop is Faith's favorite spot these days-it's a drug house where Faith goes to get her "candy". An assistant principal at a Norfolk, VA, high school, Faith is stressed out by the demands of her job and a strained marriage. When a day at work becomes particularly bad, Faith's secretary, Teresa, introduces her to cocaine. That first hit begins Faith's downward spiral. As Faith becomes homeless, Teresa lures her deeper into the drug world by allowing her to hang out at her home, which is also a den of addicts and ruthless dealers.

Verdict: Upon its initial publication by Melodrama Publishing in 2007, this novel received a mixed response; however, the paperback reissue may encourage readers to give another chance to this raw, in-your-face portrait of a drug addict reminiscent of Donald Goines's 1971 classic Dopefiend (see below). While we may think of typical street-lit stories as detailing the drug-inflicted downtrodden, Swinson breaks new ground in her depiction of a middle-class character whose life goes out of control. What propels this character to give up the American dream to become a dope fiend? Swinson's argument isn't very convincing, but street-lit fans will enjoy her gritty and authentic account.

-Vanessa Irvin Morris, The i School at Drexel Univ., Philadelphia

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Faith Simmons used to live the good life with a loving husband and daughter, a successful career as an assistant school principal and a fancy house. Now she spends her days looking forward to her next fix. However, unlike her friend Teresa, there are some things Faith won't do for street candy and she thinks she's got her addiction under control. But as Faith is about to find out, once you get a taste for street candy, there's no turning back.

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Read! Very Entertaining... On to Part 2...Still Candy Shopping! 07/13/2012
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