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Barbed Wire Butterflies
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John Malik
Huffington Post

On first glance, Jessica Kristie's debut novel has a distinct Dickens' like narrative: Kidnapped pre-teen children living out a meager existence as slave labor of a shadowy manufacturing complex far removed from the caring eyes of civilized society. The child-laborers are coerced through beatings, rape, intimidation and starvation and should one falter, then that child may disappear from the manufacturer's roster, never to be heard from again. Sadly, Barbed Wire Butterflies takes place not in Victorian era England, but in modern-day western Texas.