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L.A. Banks: Losing A Literary Shape-Shifter

First Posted: 08/04/11 03:53 PM ET Updated: 10/04/11 06:12 AM ET

Leslie Banks

The Root:

It was the image on the book cover that first captured my attention during one of my many trips to the bookstore: a view from the rear of a sepia-toned woman with thick, black curly hair piled atop her head and what looked like a peacock of some sort tattooed on the small of her back. The woman stood, clutching a dagger in her hand, which was behind her left thigh. Her face, hidden from view, made her every woman.

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