Kanika's Burdens a new novel by Jackie Joice
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Written by
Jackie Joice
November 2011
Contributor
Written by
Jackie Joice
November 2011
Kanika’s Burdens is a suspenseful urban thriller published by JB Publications. It’s the first published novel by seasoned writer and poet, Jackie Joice. The cover of Kanika’s Burdens is based on Picasso’s Weeping Women series. Picasso wanted to portray the universal suffrage and melancholy of women whom were against war (Spanish Civil War, etc) in this series. The most famous and notable “Weeping Woman” portrait is of Picasso’s mistress, Dora Maar.

Kanika’s Burdens takes place in an urban setting in the city of Los Angeles, CA. But the story takes the readers to the deep pockets  of the South and Midwest. Joice’s main character , Kanika Witherspoon, is depicted on the cover, tormented and dispirited. Kanika means “fragment of the cosmos” in Sanskrit or “dark cloth” in an East African language. Kanika watches over her eccentric  maternal grandmother referred to in the book as “Grandma Lilymae.” Grandma Lilymae is obsessed with the Book of Revelations and the so-called “End Times.”  Whereas, Kanika just wants to enjoy her life and find meaningful and romantic love. Unfortunately, Kanika was born into a lineage of religious fervor and Grandma Lilymae’s religious beliefs conflict with Kanika’s. Kanika soon discovers that maybe the “Devil is busy” and that she has more to conquer than just her grandmother’s obsession and spiritual influence.
Jackie Joice writes fiction and non-fiction. She's a spoken word poet and photographer. Her fiction incorporates her Catholic upbringing which has spawned into a hybridization of religious, witty and provocative writing. Although Joice’s fiction is dark, evocative, and offbeat, her reading audience finds her work surprisingly entertaining. She has traveled to Cuba to study African-based religions in Santiago. She has also visited Ghana, West Africa and observed initiation rituals and interviewed practitioners of  tradition based beliefs.  In 2004, an excerpt of Joice’s erotica novella “Fragaria” written under the moniker “Juniper Sanchez” was examined and discussed by her peers in the prestigious Hurston/Wright  Writer’s Week at Howard University in Washington, DC. Joice’s photography reflects her style of writing and her city of Juarez photographs will be featured in the Badlands literary journal of California State University San Bernardino (Palm Desert Campus) late Fall 2011. Joice’s essay and poem about her visit to Juarez was published in Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence ( Seal Press 2008).  She has two researched entries in the The Women’s Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism ( Greenwood Press, 2005). She has several articles in Loudmouth Magazine ( a feminist magazine based at Cal State University Los Angeles)  To schedule Joice for a literary/and or speaking engagement, please contact her directly: [email protected]  cell: 562-276-5073. To order additional copies/bulk orders of Kanika’s Burdens contact her publisher at [email protected] jbpublications.com or call  1(800)940-5604 for more info.


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