About The Navi Review & Navidad Thelamour

The Navi Review is a no holds barred, authentic and candid look at the novels, short story collections and non-fiction works out today. If you’re deciding whether or not a book is worth the money–or the time–turn here to get the honest scoop on it before plunging into your wallet on an unsure bet!

Bio + Short Story Collection Synopsis

She is a former literary agent, one-time Managing Editor of Southern Fried Karma Press, novelist and short story writer. She is currently completing a short story collection that goes by the following description:

A collection of enigmatic and intriguing creative narratives that delves into the female psyche in her quest for sensuality, absolution, revenge and fulfillment. A new literary aesthetic, these are the anti-fairy tale stories for the totally modern woman and the modern age, a veritable celebration of life and what it truly means to be a woman…

She has a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from Georgia State University and M.A. in Publishing from Kingston University, London. She’s worked within the walls of publishing greats such as Random House, Little, Brown and Hachette, as well as at phenomenal non-fiction houses such as Zed Books.

Upmarket Fiction Novel Synopsis: Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders

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Snakes and Ladders is a fresh, witty and introspective look at family and broken bonds through the eyes of four people joined together in the tangled web of societal politics and ladder climbing, a character-driven fiction novel genuinely depicting the experience of what it means to be​ “the other”​ in more ways than one.​

 Snakes and Ladders is contemporary fiction for the modern-day reader, weaving multiple narrative formats into a melting pot of ​clever social commentary that cuts deep into the fabric of family ties and the scars of our upbringings. Snakes and Ladders delves inside the human condition, in addition to telling a poignant and entertaining story about the precariousness of family ties when class lines only complicate the matter.

Through strained relationships and obligatory family ties, social prejudices and the struggle, both internally and externally, to find oneself inside the dizzying rat race of dinner parties and socioeconomic awareness, corporate climbing and old-money institutions, these four struggle to find their place within it all.

This novel offers an honest look at what happens when intra-racial and class lines clash inside of a crucible of tight allegiances and decades-old social prejudices. A play off of W.E.B. DuBois’ “Talented Tenth” and his exploration of “the Veil” that separates us from each other, Snakes and Ladders is the sharp and poignant modern day exploration of what it means to navigate the hidden status lines, and what it means to step over them. Within this exploration, you will find a family saga, exploring both this family’s unspoken past, through flashback chapters, and the way that sisterhood can pull us back from the brink of self-destruction–or push us to it.

Snakes and Ladders speaks to racial and social divides, as much as it does to the bonds of friendship that hold us all together and tear us all apart, but explores these lines with an affecting and at times unsettling narrative for readers of all walks of life. Everyone knows a Delaney, an Aaliyah, a Jillian or a Nigel, and readers will see themselves, as well as the mirror of our society, in every word they read.


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Navidad’s Review Aesthetic:

The key to my heart is a REALLY good character piece! A novel that peels back the layers of humanity for true examination, even if I have to bring out my tissues! My favs explore every ism you can think of, and if there are Gothic elements (not commercial horror, fantasy, paranormal — true GOTHIC) I’ll be in love for sure. My life changing reads have been A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Recitatif by Toni Morrison and for contemporary shorts: The Paperhanger by William Gay, A House on the Plains by E.L. Doctorow. Full-length reads A Little Life, Everything I Never Told You, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Gone with the Wind, The Emperor of Ocean Park, New England White.
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Star System:

1 star – Could barely finish, Never, Ever Again shelf
2 star – Meh, Could have done without this read
3 star – Average
4 star – Really Liked
5 star – In LOVE with this one!

Then there’s the coveted, Oh, Where’ve You Been All My Life shelf — life-changing (or at least mentality-changing) reads!


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