A Wish After Midnight by Zetta ElliottVisit my blog for the in-depth review: Read Diverse Books
A Wish After Midnight is one of the most thrilling reading experiences I’ve had this year. Author Zetta Elliott writes with an urgency that informs the reader early on that this will be an important story. It is book 1 of the series, the sequel having been released earlier this year. Given the promising start, I’m eager to see where the story heads.
The novel is a work of speculative fiction, in the spirit of Octavia Butler’s Kindred. The two works actually share the same premise — two young black American women are transported back to the 19th century and must face the harsh realities of that world. A notable difference is that A Wish After Midnight is aimed at younger audience, though it often reads like Adult Fiction. Given the subject matter, it makes sense that the novel does not attempt to sugar coat difficult and controversial topics and language. Teenagers will appreciate the honesty with which Elliott tells the story and the respect she grants them by not holding anything back.
The narrative follows Genna, a 15-year-old Afrolatina who has lived in Brooklyn all her life and wants to get out as soon as possible. Her father left her family and returned to Panama, leaving Genna’s mother to take care of 5 children. Genna does not get along with her older brother and sister and her mother is perpetually working to maintain the household, which leaves Genna to take care of her baby brother most days. Her neighborhood is replete unsavory characters and all Genna wishes for is to escape, go to college, study psychiatry and leave this life behind. Part of Genna’s wish comes true when she literally leaves her current life behind and is sent back to 1863 during the Civil War.
I was thoroughly impressed by A Wish After Midnight from beginning to end. I must specifically commend the voice and writing style. It is first-person narration done right — simultaneously sophisticated, explicit, and realistic. Genna’s voice captivated me and made me see her as a real person with complex feelings about herself, the world, and its history. I recommend this novel to people of all ages, especially to lovers of historical fiction who don’t mind a bit of science fiction thrown into the mix.
Catch a Cheater in a Lie by Reading Body Language
If you suspect someone is cheating on you, then figuring out if they are lying is the first step toward discovering the truth. There are, however, certain tells that people display when they are lying that you can pick up on. Here are the clues to watch for. The easiest way to spot a lie is when someone changes their story. It is very difficult for a liar to keep all of their stories straight over a long time period. Although truthful stories can change as well, honesty creates consistency in the story, while lying creates inconsistency.
But if you're worried that someone's fibbing extends into the important stuff, or fidelity, you might have considered trying to catch them in a lie.
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Sometimes you have the feeling that your partner or spouse is cheating on you, but you cannot quite put your finger on why you think that. - I found then, as I see in my daily life and coaching work today, that lying — to ourselves and to others — is a regular part of human existence for so many.
But if you're worried that someone's fibbing extends into the important stuff, like happiness or fidelity, you might have considered trying to catch them in a lie. Unfortunately, science can't tell you if your partner is sleeping around, but it is getting better at spotting when someone — especially a significant other — is being deceptive. Other people — strangers, even — have an uncanny ability to detect when something's not right in someone else's relationship. BYU psychologists tested out this idea by having couples draw an object together, with one participant blindfolded and the other one giving instructions on what to draw. The whole thing was videotaped. Before they started, the scientists had the couples answer a few questions about their relationship in private, including whether or not they'd ever cheated.
It can be hard to get your partner to admit they are cheating. Listen carefully to what they have to say and look for inconsistencies in their alibis. If your partner uses simplistic language and few self-referential words to excuse their absences, there is an increased likelihood they are cheating. Be empathetic and make your partner feel they can confess. For example, if your partner says they were out for drinks with a friend, ask the friend if that was true. For tips from our Relationship co-author on how to respond if your partner admits to cheating on you, keep reading! Categories: Cheating in Relationships.
The only way to be sure whether someone is cheating is to walk into the bedroom and find him in flagrante delicto. The problem with asking him if he is cheating on you is that someone who cheats will likely have no scruples lying. But fortunately, by watching his face and eyes, you can pick up the subtle signs that suggest prevarication. No one sign is enough to prove lies, so study them all and see which show up during the conversation. Before you dive in to the conversation about cheating, talk for a time about something else.