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A Native’s Tongue

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  22 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
In Michael D. Dennis’s touching new novel, A Native’s Tongue, a young man, torn between two women, struggles to find his way in the world.

As I walked out under the Los Angeles sky, the possibility of becoming something more than a short order cook, living in the valley, and resenting my dysfunctional family occurred to me…

Charlie Winters has never been an overachiever. He
Published June 2014
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Petra X
Author spam.

My friend-request question is "Promise never to send me any recommendations?" You would think that was clear enough wouldn't you?

In the interests of reviews being about the book, I read the sample on a friend's Kindle.

I could go on a bit about plot and character, but I'd rather tell you about his use of colour:

Her blonde hair got caught in between her hand and the receiver as she placed it back on the black hook. Turning, she slid out of the red plastic chair and down the corridor,

This is a solid "obsession" novel, with more emphasis on the characters than the actual stalking. I had a love hate relationship with all the characters in this story, and I love how it made me reevaluate who the victims really were. I don't normally say this but I wish that this novel was longer.

I would have liked to have been able to witness more of the relationship between Violet and Charlie. I always like having sympathetic villains and because there wasn't a lot of back story in this novel
Jun 29, 2014 rated it did not like it

The beginning of this novel was so terribly written I couldn't get past the first chapter to read further. It was inconsistent and lacked any grounding in reality for me. Has the author ever sat on a leather car seat on a hot day? Buttery my ass...more like scalding the skin off your thighs and leaving you feeling like a piece of cooked meat. The scene with her popping pills and going into a "temporary coma" in a closed vehicle on a hot day, then moments later peeling out and driving away was ev
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, a little warning. This book isn't about happily ever afters, the bad guys get caught and the good guys get married. It's different. In fact, it seems to be a realistic although pessimistic outlook on life. And I can see that occasionally it's necessary to read books like this, not only because they're interesting in their uniqueness but also because it lets you appreciate the other books you read a lot more.

The book starts with a preview of the ending. But we have no knowledge of the char
Angela Vasquez
A native's tongue it's a story of manipulation, lies, and people who definitely aren't sane.

Charlie is a young man struggling in his life, he doesn't know what his going to do with it, with a job that it's not going anywhere; he wants to find the trail to a good life. But there's something that it's tormenting Charlie's mind and it's his sister, she passed away a long time, but her soul still remains, she appears like a ghost in certain moments of Charlie's days. So went he meets Violet he decid
This book was given to me by the author through Ethereal Book Reviews (-Guest Reviewer Program-)

I give this book 2.5 stars.

I have to say this was a world wind of crazy. Have you ever watched the show Deadly Devotion on Investigative Discovery? This story would find a nice home there and it would most definitely have it’s own two hour special.

This is a book that takes look into the mind of a stalker, a possessive cougar and a lonely man who is drowning in guilt from a lost family member that
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
As the book begins, it appears that Violet is in jail….why is the big question. Going back and forth between the past and the present, the reader learns about the details that led to this moment in which the story is taking place.

There are three main characters: Violet, Charlie and Jennifer. Although there are other character appearances, these three are really the heart of the story.

Violet – 50 shades of fucked up. This chick is totally mental – completely delusional. In her relationship with
Sandra Lopez
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Did the endless portrayals of love and romance in novels really exist?” (6)

Each chapter relays the POV of each character. It was odd that some were written in the 1st person and others were in the 3rd person. The chapters with Charlie were in 1st person Pre-Violet/Jennifer; and the chapters with Violet and Jennifer were in 3rd person Post-Charlie. Sometimes the POV would switch within the same chapter, but it wasn’t at all confusing. The enticing part was the mystery in the Post-Charlie segment
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This novel takes us into the very twisted and tangled love life of Charlie Winters, torn between being the 'kept' man of a much older,possessive woman and loving a young, damaged beautiful girl. In the background is the constant pain of having lost his sister to a tragedy, who seems to live in his mind. Charlie was a character I didn't much like, while the angle Dennis took with the relationship was unique, I found myself irritated by Charlie coming off as this poor 'caged pet' so to speak, feel ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charlie is a twenty-something with a lack of direction in his life. He spends most of his days working at a food court and then coming home to work on restoring old cars. But occasionally, he goes out with friends to parties and benders. On one such occasion, he meets an eccentric older woman, Violet, who quickly takes to Charlie and lavishes him with gifts in exchange for his attention and sex.
Charlie falls into a semi-comfortable life with Violet, though it's obvious that it's just for lack o
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
***this book was given to me by the author through Ethereal Book Reviews (Guest Reviewer Program)***
Where do I even start? Everyone says to start at the beginning. Maybe I should start at the end and say, WHAT JUST HAPPENED? I seriously had to go back and re-read to confirm it ended as it did and that my confusion wasn’t unjust. It was. I re-read the last page 4-5 times, each time I was no less confused as I was the first time. Right now I’m starting to think I’m more confused than I was the fir
Samantha Conn
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By far one of the most compelling, character driven novels I've read in such a long time. I so enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would a could not put it down once I started reading. The dark but also extremely insightful paths that follow the character development is such a refreshing read. There is no extra word fillers, no hour long rambling sentences - just descriptive character analysis that truly made me feel as if I knew each of these character on my own. Bravo to Michael D Denn ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Charlie Winters has never been an overachiever. Working at a cheesesteak stand and living with his single mother, he is continually haunted by the voice of his younger sister who died tragically years before.
So when the older Violet sets her sights on Charlie and refuses to let go, he follows along—until a mystical young woman catches his eye and sets their lives upon a path that can’t be stopped.

Okay, the blu
Maria Beltrami
What about a book which I liked a single chapter?
Will be that for now I'm a little tired of books set in Los Angeles, as well as of women always hungry, or beautiful and damned, as well as of men who do not know what to do with themselves. Will be that, objectively, the novel fails to take off, and that the dead sister that the protagonist sees in every important moments is really too much, the fact is that I appreciated only the chapter in which the protagonist, after leaving his mother in hosp
Romancing the Book
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fiction, ya
Reviewed by Aubrey
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

The writing was really well done and I enjoyed reading this novel. I really liked that it was written by a man since I tend to stick to female authors. But I had a hard time following what was going on and didn’t want to read for any length of time. The story line skipped back and forth without a coherent thread of reference. I spent a lot of time reflecting on what I read and rereading parag
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Native's Tongue by Michael D. Dennis

Charlie Winters is an average man, he comes from a broken home. He is forever haunted by his sisters tragic death, he never got over it. Basically he lives a carefree life. Then he meets an older woman, Violet they have a brief relationship, but she is not ready to let Charlie go. When he meets young mysterious Jennifer he falls for her hard. He is determined to pursue her and make things work for the two of them. Then a tragic event brings them back home, s
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading A Native's Tongue and absolutely loved it. Michael is a really good writer. This book is is lyrical and gripping. 5 stars, I highly recommend it.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author's publicist in exchange for an honest review)
L.J (Lisa Jane)
Jul 24, 2014 marked it as dnf
Shelves: stand-alone, gifted, arc
*ARR (Advance Reader Review) - copy provided as a gift in exchange for an honest review...

I can't rate this book because I couldn't finish it.

I have nothing negative to say at all and the ratings are high, so give it a shot :)

It just wasn't for me is all :)
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Michael D. Dennis is an author and playwright who earned a degree in English literature from Loyola Marymount University. Winner of a LMU Playwriting Award for his play Death of a Watchdog, Michael also had his play, Hen in the Field, produced at the Whitefire Theatre in 2012. His highly anticipated debut novel, A Native’s Tongue, will be released in June 2014. Michael currently lives in Santa Mon ...more
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