Years ago a glowing and svelte Jada Pinkett-Smith told Essence magazine that being in a relationship is similar to looking in the mirror – your partner reflects your idiosyncrasies back to you. Author Eyginai Allen’s e-book, Mirror Mirror, a fictional tale centered on three girlfriends bound by friendship, faith and family, underscores Pinkett-Smith’s statement. Others tell us quite a bit about ourselves, if we are willing to listen.
As Mirror Mirror opens, readers meet Tatiana, Anastasia and Nya as teenagers, but soon follow them into adulthood, balancing motherhood, careers and relationships. Tatiana, a successful writer, diligently works to convince everyone she’s content, although her marriage is falling apart. The corporate world has become Anastasia’s husband – her ex Michael and daughter Aerial often feel neglected. Nya and her son Darian’s father, Brian, have flirted with monogamy, but never fully committed to one another.
Although each woman is materially successful, there is a lingering sadness, and Allen takes great care to convey it, using dialogue between not only the three friends, but other central figures in their lives. Drama, it seems, is constant – ranging from the ladies’ roller coaster romantic relationships to the troubles of their children whose outbursts (e.g. promiscuity and
brushes with the law) are cries for attention. These dynamics keep this blogger turning the page, anxious to find out what happens next.
Through it all, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church remains a fixture in their lives despite the ladies avoidance of Vivian, the inquisitive first lady whose need to control is nearly obsessive. It’s evident that she cares for the women although it’s demonstrated awkwardly.
In the end, it is Tatiana who forces her girlfriends to step back, and look at themselves with the publication of a new book whose characters look and sound like them. Still, as the book concluded, I yearned for a deeper understanding of the characters interior lives – not only through dialogue, but their own thoughts.
Still, the everyday struggles of women are celebrated – from dealing with difficult romantic relationships to rearing teenagers – and we persevere. Ultimately, Allen raises several points for readers to wrestle with such as how often do we examine ourselves, and our impact on those surrounding us. Perhaps Socrates put it best when he said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Allen produced a piece which makes this writer think more critically about the benefits of looking deeply, and asking how both faith and family are mirrors.
More about the Author
Like most ambitious women, Allen juggles family and motherhood with various projects such as running an uplifting monthly website, Limitless Works, which features articles on beauty, inspiration, and more, along with promoting her e-books (Rhythms of a Fearless Heart, Rhythms of Life and Love, and Mirror Mirror).