08/04/2011 02:53 pm ET | Updated Oct 04, 2011

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

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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