Through Grandma's Eyes

Book Cover


Contemporary,Across Centuries

J.E. Smythe

  • -
  • Views


A story that spans generations. This heart-wrenching, triumphant story weaves together the past and present through a vivid cast of characters, and reminds us all of the enduring power of love and family. Sometimes in order to move forward, we need to look back.



Short Summary

LaCrae James is 19 years old, head strong and talented. She dreams of becoming a top dancer and will stop at nothing to make it happen. After meeting a man who promises to make her dreams come true, LaCrae decides to take the chance of a lifetime. She rebels against her mother and heads to New York.

LaCrae lands, unannounced, at her Grandmother’s front door in Harlem, NY. As LaCrae realizes that she's stepped into a world that requires far more than she bargained for, Mae shares her own tale of joyful love and unimaginable pain, hoping her journey steers LaCrae back onto the right path.


New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: LaCrae James

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Engaging,Naive,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Mae Dupuy

Age: 80's

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Complex,Engaging,Faithful,Leader

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

About The Author

J.E. Smythe, is an award winning author born in Liberia, West Africa, raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and Gaithersburg, Maryland. J.E. is also an attorney who attended Allen University and received her Law Degree from Massachusetts School of Law. While working as an attorney, J.E. just could not let her passion to write die. She decided to take her legal writing skills and write her debut fiction novel "A Few Good Friends." Since then, she has gone on to publish additional novels, all celebrating the beauty and strength of African American women. J.E. currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she has Co-Owner of Write LEG Publishing.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Write LEG Publishing

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available