Bridgett M. Davis: 'Shifting Through Neutral' Stories about African-American families rarely shed light on the abiding affection between a father and his children. But Bridgett Davis' debut novel, Shifting Through Neutral, paints a child's view of a marriage falling apart.

Bridgett M. Davis: 'Shifting Through Neutral'

Bridgett M. Davis: 'Shifting Through Neutral'

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Stories about African-American families rarely shed light on the abiding affection between a father and his children. But that relationship is at the core of Bridgett Davis' debut novel, Shifting Through Neutral.

The tale is told by Rae, a young black girl growing up in Detroit, as she watches her parent's marriage fall apart. It's a tale of a complicated black family, at once familiar, yet wholly unique -- thanks to Davis' singular voice and her skill with emotions and real motivations.