Cheektowaga author weaves riveting tale in new novel

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — This week marks the nationwide release of “Till Death Do Us Part,” an engrossing new novel by author Melody L. Barksdale.

In “Till Death Do Us Part,” Envy, a young, promising and intelligent female, whose major goal in life was to get out of the ghetto and to never have to live like her mother, who was dependent on a man. She vowed that she would have her own. She set her mind to work hard to get that magic ticket out of the ghetto — an education. She would live her American dream of having a house, a car, a good husband and children. Despite all her hard work to obtain that magic ticket, she found herself being entangled by the traps, snares, confusion, deception and destruction of the ghetto she thought she had left behind.

Till Death Do Us Part” is a story of how Envy’s trust and strength in the Lord, goal-setting and perseverance carried Envy back from some of the deepest and darkest valleys of her life to the success she always dreamed of.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Barksdale is the youngest of seven children born to the late Mr. and Mrs. William B. Abram Sr. She lost her mother to cancer when she was 15 years old, and this event changed the course of her life forever. Her life spiraled out of control, but she had great perseverance and endurance. Barksdale graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education degrees and worked as an educator for the last 22 years. She made it through her trials and tribulations by faith, the essence of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Barksdale is based in Cheektowaga, New York.

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