The House of Six Doors Winner of: THE USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” AWARDS Multicultural Fiction

USA Book News just announced Winners and Finalists of

THE USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” AWARDS

Thank you USA Book News for selecting The House of Six Doors as Winner of  Multicultural Fiction,

and  Finalist in Women’s Lit and General Fiction Categories.

Midwest Book Review

I am excited to share another wonderful review of The House of Six Doors. Thanks to The Midwest Book Review for featuring The House of Six Doors on The Fiction Shelf.

For a shot at something better, a gamble is very much worth it. “The House of Six Doors” follows Serena and family as they leave the Caribbean and try to find their place in America. Coming from near homelessness, they struggle to survive. Author Patricia Selbert tells the story of Serena and coming of age in a new land and what awaits her as she grows into a young woman in Hollywood, California. “The House of Six Doors” is a fine pick for a literary coming of age story.

The U.S. Review of Books on “The House of Six Doors”


“The House of Six Doors” by Patricia Selbert 
Reviewed by Judee L. Spargur

“The House Of Six Doors was a landhuis, or plantation house, that my grandfather owned. It was painted a brilliant cobalt blue  with white trim”

This story plays upon your senses, making you feel the terror and pain of Serena and her sister, Hendrika, as they leave the only stability and family they have known. The pair travel to the United States from Curacao with their adventure seeking, emotionally unstable, mother. Mama was like a butterfly, flitting from one flower to another. She was always uprooting her family and moving them somewhere better, but their mother’s obsession with money, which began when she returned from the war in Europe, transforms into an unfulfilled quest for riches, causing untold emotional and physical damage to her children.

The girls’ grandmother, Oma, was one of the few people that had given the children stability and guidance. She loved her daughter, but felt sorrow for the pain her poor life choices caused her grandchildren. Struggling in a new land and culture finally gave way to a semblance of a good life for Serena, although Hendrika wasn’t so fortunate. The family’s earlier struggles left her drug dependant, resulting in deportation to Curacao. Still their wretched unhappiness makes the few triumphs truly exhilarating.

Patricia Selbert is an author with genuine knowledge of immigrating to the United States. The research and compassion are evident. With a compelling plot and characters, the reader is held from the early going, experiencing the colorful Caribbean culture in matching verse.