While fiction about the 1950s Civil Rights era is far from rare, few capture the period and struggles from the perspective of a white child.
At nine, Orbie seems to live his life along a precipice. He is burdened with an overabundance of difficult choices which would be beyond the capacities of most boys his age–but Orbie is about to discover he’s no ordinary boy. In the debut novel from artist and poet Freddie Owens, nothing is ever precisely what it seems: prejudice is not innate, the dead aren’t really dead, and those in positions of power cannot be trusted.
Orbie finds himself deposited at his grandparent’s home in Kentucky one summer, his stepfather, Victor, having had a change of heart about including him on a family prospecting trip to Florida. Except “heart” doesn’t seem, to Orbie, quite the right word to apply to his stepfather, whose tempestuous temper took him from the widowed family’s salvation to its most dangerous element in one outburst flat.
Then Like The Blind Man: ORBIE’S STORY?is an electrifying porthole to the South of the ’50s, where, though inane prejudice may have dominated, kindness and justice also had a place. Orbie’s sharecropping grandparents, by defying convention with unnerving grace, become founts of colloquial wisdom whose appeal is impossible to resist, and the Orbie they nurture–the best version of a boy who may otherwise have been lost–is someone the reader comes to love.
Michelle Anne Schingler / ForeWord Reviews
- ABNA Quarter Finalist
- Received IRDiscovery Award for Best in Literary Fiction
- Finalist for Kindle Book Review’s Literary Fiction Award
- Received Kirkus Review’s STAR for remarkable Merit
- Featured in Kirkus Review’s Trade Magazine
- Honorable Mention: Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
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