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the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel – Collector’s Paperback


Gorgeous edition of the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel signed by Kenn Bivins.

SKU: 9780985370725 Category:


Composed of 50# natural offset eggshell, FSC* certified paper with deckled edging, ensconced in a french-fold, 4-color cover with a matte finish. Signed by Kenn Bivins.

Each copy includes an exclusive temporary tattoo just like the one that Felona wears.


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Additional information

Weight 1.5 oz
Dimensions 8.4 × 5.8 × 1.1 in





448 pages


Perfect bound

21 reviews for the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel – Collector’s Paperback

  1. Emmy Hamilton

    Amazing book! Felona is an awesome character, strong and able kinda girl.
    Being of mixed race, Felona is trying to find her place in the world. The story is very emotional and a great read. Loved it!

  2. Tiffany

    On the surface the Wedding and Disaster Of Felona Mabel is a gritty, noir- like story of the main protagonist Felona Mabel’s descent into revenge and crime, even as she searches for love and acceptance, but as the reader delves deeper it is also an allegory for all of humankind’s search for peace, purpose and ultimately unconditional love. A story of love through loss and pain. A story of love with the aid of hope and connection. A powerful story of the triumph of the human spirit. This story lingers with you long after the last page is read.

  3. Joy M Bala

    What a fantastic book! I couldn’t put it down and I really enjoyed it!
    Great read, great storyline! Characters were well thought out and I got lost in the story.

  4. Suri

    The Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel is a multilayered themed story about a woman who tries to understand herself, love and relationships all the while knowing that she is a product of a heinous unforgiving crime; rape.

    The author Kenn Bivins begs the reader, thru his eloquent writings, to understand the depths of two women both validated by their hurt and pain to ask: would you be able to love your own child if he/she were conceived not of love but hate? Would you be able to be able to withstand that truth as a child and understand the meaning of what love should be? Are we destined to be what came before us? Is this our primordial existence? To be what has been without our input? Those questions and more will be what you conjure as you read The Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel.

    The Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel is a well written novel by Kenn Bivins that evokes many emotions from the reader on so many levels. Although, the main theme of the story is heavy, Mr. Bivins showcases his talent in writing by inserting light humor throughout the novel.

    I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars because I would have loved to see certain scenarios/situations more developed and not appear rushed. Because the story is unique and refreshing, it lead to me wanting more details about some of the characters and situations presented.

    You will definitely enjoy this beautifully written book about a woman struggling to find love in one self, as all of us do at some point in our lives.

  5. Tracy Hall

    Where do I begin? The story of Felona Mabel touched me in so many ways. Physically, we share distinct marks. I’ve got the birthmark in the middle of my forehead, scars from third degree burns on my legs and I’m always asked where I’m from. She had the courage to be the runaway bride. I wish I had done that or not even let it get that far. My relationship with my mom was good, God rest her soul. I recently reconciled with my dad. It’s going to be a long and slow process, but I’m ready for it. I’ve wrestled with acceptance my entire life. It wasn’t until I was 40, that I found happiness. I’ve read the book twice and it posed many thought provoking questions. Right now I’m dealing with being taken for granted and I’ve resolved that the mere implication of such, warrants some self-reflection. If I could take away one thing from this book, it’s that my first responsibility is to me. Thank you for sharing, Mr. Bivins. I love your spirit. I love your humanity. I love your creativity. I love your consciousness as a human being.

  6. Dew on the Kudzu

    This is a book about Felona. She is filled to the brim with anger. One day that anger starts breaking free. When it does, Whoa! In a short period of time an amazing amount of chaos occurs around her. The question is, will she be able to forgive and begin again………before the anger destroys her completely?

    The final print version is beautiful. A lot of quality work went into not just the writing, but the end copy itself.

  7. Jennifer Price

    This book had my full attention from the very first chapter! I found myself experiencing such a wide range of emotions while reading “The Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel” – sorrow, happiness, anger, joy, confusion, clarity. I think the author did a great job of toggling between Felona’s present and past lives to give the reader a greater understanding of who she is as a professional, a daughter, a fiance and a friend and the choices she makes throughout the book. I enjoyed every twist and turn (there are many!) but what I loved most was the resolution. I identified with Felona in the way that many others, regardless of race, ethnicity and gender, would: we all want and need to be loved by those who are connected to us by DNA, by circumstance, and by our own choices, unconditionally.

  8. T. Kelly

    Fantastic story writing from Kenn Bivins! The main character is both feisty and resilient! Definitely a must read! Thank you for sharing Felona with me!!!! Looking forward to your next book!

  9. Yvette D. Davison

    I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book, but it captured me very early on. The writing was so compelling that I felt the emotions of each character and felt like I was watching the scenes come to life via a TV/Movie screen. The book might seem long, but because the pace is so steady, you’ll find yourself done before you know it. I like the book so much, I plan to go back and read Mr. Bivins first book, Pious.

  10. Troy and Crystal Francois

    From the cover to the last page of the book, I was hooked. I wanted more. The book took me through a roller coaster of emotions as you felt the experiences of the main character. This was definitely an amazing read. I truly recommend this book.

  11. Ericka Anderson Smith

    I read this book in 3 days, usually during my morning commute on mass transit. A couple of times, I almost missed my stop because I was so caught up in the story! The characters are well developed. The storylines are complex, yet simple enough to grasp. Felona shows us what happens when love doesn’t shape us, but how it’s never too late to find love and give it a chance…Great read!

  12. Mali

    Complex, thought-provoking and teeming with intensity, The Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery through the experience of the 32-year old, bi-racial protagonist and the book’s namesake. Indeed, Felona forces us to consider not only the perceptions that we carry into adulthood but, more importantly, how we choose to cope as we process those perceptions through newfound clarity, maturity and forgiveness. A must read for followers of Kenn Bivins and the masses that have not yet discovered his immeasurable talents.

  13. TCL

    Forget summer reading or fall reading. Kenn Bivins’ “The Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel” is right now reading. As in, it’s what you should be reading right. now.

    Cinematic in its approach — literally from the front cover with a striking author-illustrated depiction of the title character — you won’t realize how invested you are in Felona until it’s too late.

    Only it’s not because he draws Felona in such a way that you care about her career as an award-winning journalist. You care about her the way her best friend, Ny, does. You care about her ailing mother and their dismembered relationship. And man, do you care about the men in Felona’s life — whether it’s her borderline chauvinistic fiance or her childhood friend Tobias.

    Even the cities where the action takes place, Admah City and Nathaniel, are characters. “Admah” means earthy, and when you consider the sadly surreal circumstances that arise in the town of her youth, it makes sense that the place is “given of God.” You’d need the Lord, too, to handle what Felona does.

    Each page rewards with believable situations and dialogue, even if they are heart-stopping or heartbreaking. The back-and-forth between Felona, Tobias and her backstabbing colleague are super real.

    The ultimate payoff, of course, comes at the book’s end, a heart-hopeful vision that apparently ties into the author’s inspiration — acknowledging and healing the genocidal atrocities committed among women in Rwanda.

    How Bivins manages to bring all that Stateside and wrap it into a biracial beauty of a woman just trying to live, love and finally accept herself will itself be an act of healing for any person, man or woman, who reads the story. Let’s just hope the story doesn’t end here.

  14. KNS

    Author, Kenn Bivins, gives the reader an experience. From the author-illustrated cover – depicting a character that we’re intrigued with before we even open the book. To the weight of the novel in your hands.

    My experience reading the book was both entertaining and challenging. A rare combination in a novel. As entertainment, I indulged some of my guiltiest reading pleasures . . . action, plot-twists and romantic moments. As challenge, The Wedding and Disaster of feLona Mabel, pushed me further than I expected. At times I put the book down with a strange sensation like Bivins had been privy to some of my darkest fears and insecurities as a woman.

    Kenn Bivns is able to capture inner and outer turmoil in a multilayered enjoyable read. I need more feLona Mabel in my future. I hope there is more of her story to share.

  15. Z Gant

    This book had me all in my emotions! Omg! It was a great read and it was hard to put down.

  16. Gena Culbreath

    Well written. Easy read: approx 3-5 hours. I enjoyed the story, but….. Because I read lots of books, I often see repeating themes/plots. Some elements seemed somewhat predictable. Not overly, more like I thought that might happen rather than I knew that would happen. And on the other side of the coin there were some unexpected twists that were weaved into the narrative very well without seeming far fetched.

    Read this for book club and the author attended the discussion. Authors that enjoy connecting with their readers are awesome!

  17. ReadingOtherPeople

    Demonstrating a clear capacity for creating a main character that is at once intriguing yet familiar, Kenn Bivins’ “the Wedding & Disaster if Felona Mabel” is a captivating read.

    The aforementioned Felona Mabel the every-person and the lone wolf. She navigates the terrain of the human existence with vulnerability and hope, which, as well know is, a difficult medium to coalesce. Bivins manages to portray a character, replete with quirks and idiosyncracies, who would not be out of place in a weekly serial drama or comedy… or dramedy.

    The novel is about reconciling one’s past and confronting one’s fears. Felona does this with panache and realism. The skeletons in her closet are as terrifying as they were when she put them in there for safe-keeping. The depiction of Felona’s current relationship is funny and true, especially with the underlying message that one must confront their past before truly embracing the future.

    Felona seems to have everything she has always wished for: a satisfying job, a new bethrothed, and a presence in a major city. However, when she finds out that her mother is nearing death, she must visit her and confront the woman who had borne her much pain in years gone by.

    It’s a tale of redemption and truth, without all the cliches and rhetoric that often comprises today’s popular fiction. Bivins’ prosaic talent walks a fine line between nostalgia and modernity, and I, for one, am a big fan.

  18. Love of a lioness

    I had no idea what to expect from this novel, as I was just so intrigued by the cover. Felona’s face seem so familiar. I thought that it captured an essence that’s often over looked; one of an estranged relationship between a mother and a daughter due to a child being conceived in such a tragic way. I have had yet to read a book that touched on this subject which of course led me ponder what would be my response if I God forbid ever were to have such an experience. The truth is that more people have this experience than we could imagine. Kenn Bivins told a tragic and beautiful story full of twists and turns in the life of a woman whom felt unloved. I plan to read it again! Great story!

  19. Anne Mathieu

    I enjoyed the purity with which Kenn Bivins captures true human
    emotions, in their beauty, their darkness, and most importantly their
    overall complexity. Each character is relatable to some degree…
    each has his / her own unique identity and successfully engages the
    reader through pages of intrigue, wonder, discomfort, hope. The
    Wedding and Disaster of Felona Mabel is also a socially responsible
    novel, in parts, due the author’s attempt at shedding light on some of
    the repercussions of violent conflicts in Africa. All in all I was
    pleased and would definitely recommend this read. To the author I say,
    keep on writing!!

  20. Raging Book Reviews

    Kenn Bivins’ heartfelt novel introducing the illustrious Felona Mabel is a poetic, character-driven work that takes you on a whirlwind of emotion. I had the pleasure of meeting this writer at an event and felt drawn to his positive spirit and his artistic book cover. There were many things to love in this book. I’ll start with the style of writing. Bivins has a smart, concise and poetic blend in his storytelling. I enjoyed the analogies used and they didn’t seem too far fetched (which authors tend to do when they feel the need to end a chapter with a cliffhanger). Furthermore, I received the paperback and found it to be beautifully engineered throughout from texture of pages to interior design (might I add that the author designed his own cover and interior?! Amazing!).

    The story alights with Felona Mabel as an adult who is soon to wed her beau, Vicenzo (an Italian, macho man with slightly chauvinistic qualities). During this seemingly blissful existence, as a reader you sense there is a powerful undercurrent to Felona. Felona gets news that her estranged mother whom she hates with a passion is dying. She rushes to make the arrangements but in her homecoming starts to bubble up emotions and secrets from her past that she only prayed to forget. The story takes you on a journey of one woman’s survival with very intense issues like rape, abortion, motherly love (or lack thereof) and the effects of trauma on women and children. I was enthralled throughout the book, whizzing through pages in the hopes of getting to the bottom of Felona’s issues. It amazes me that the author was a man, who had not gone through any of the topics in the book but wrote them so honestly. That’s the mark of a true talent. One that transcends gender and makes the reader feel…something. I’ll likely read this book again because there were a few subliminal messages that I caught and I’m sure there were some that I didn’t. Thoroughly enjoyed.

  21. Kae

    What a great read! I definitely enjoyed each and every twist. Just as I thought I could figure out what was about to happen next something completely different happened. I love this book it only makes me want to keep reading. Continue to move forward in your success.

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