How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch by D. Bryant Simmons

D. Bryant Simmons' How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch

Simmons brings this African American family to life! Once you start reading, you won’t want to put it down. Perfect for book clubs!

In the wake of her father’s sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky’s violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?

(Synopsis and cover image via Goodreads)


Book Details:
Publisher: Bravebird Publishing LLC
Genre: Fiction | Literary, Family Saga, Family Life
Published: January 2, 2014
Format: Kindle, 345 pages
Source: Story Cartel


D. Bryant Simmons has masterfully written a dark, hard, difficult story. Simmons manages to keep the reader engaged at each page turn by developing authentic characters and situations. In her own words, she describes a personal story she ignored for some time, not wanting to write it. Now she has used her real experience to build Pecan’s story into a novel. A novel with a story line so painful and dark at times, you don’t want to read it but you can’t stop until you know what happens in the end.

At times, even though I am from the South, the Southern dialect was a bit overdone and perhaps less would be better to make the conversation between characters flow better for the reader. However, this is not a huge criticism as I, as a writer, know how difficult it is to write dialectically.

Simmons tells this story about a crisis in Pecan’s life while we read in the news of high-powered people domestically abusing women every day. A crisis which needs to be erased from our everyday lives. Hopefully Simmons’ book will prevail in the lives of men and women to teach them the respect and dignity due to others.

I applaud the writer taking on a topic of such import and notoriety in our country. She has driven home a clear message in response.

Due to the images Simmons has written so well, I would pass along a word of caution to parents of teens: You might want to read this book before allowing your teen read it.

Otherwise, I recommend it to all readers interested in seeing the reality of domestic abuse. Perhaps in reading Pecan’s story you will find it in your soul to take a stand in your community, place of employment, or church against this problem in our country.

Story Cartel, a place for authors and readersDisclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed are mine.



Author D. Bryant SimmonsD. Bryant Simmons, an award-winning author and Chicago native, is also the publishing force behind Bravebird Books. As a writer, her focus is on realistic fiction that straddles the line between art and social commentary. She is currently hard at work on The Morrow Girls Series, a family saga that spans three generations of women. Simmons manages to incorporate meaty topics such as domestic violence into her fiction without sacrificing entertainment value.
In January of 2014, she published How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch, which won a gold medal in the 2014 IPPY Awards. When asked about writing her debut novel she said, “I wasn’t as interested in the cuts and bruises as how the violence affects a person’s mind.”
(Bio and image via Goodreads)

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2 thoughts on “How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch by D. Bryant Simmons

    1. D., your story is so many things–abuse, fear, hope, courage, darkness, the light. It is an amazing story, and that you survived it is amazing. Good luck in the series! I’ll be looking forward to hearing what those little girls grow up to do. 🙂


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