The Secrets of Newberry

The Secrets of Newberry

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by Victor McGlothin

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Two lifelong friends are about to discover the hard side of life in The Big Easy after a heinous crime is committed . . .


1950s New Orleans couldn't be sweeter for Ivory "Bones" Arcineaux and Hampton Bynote. Friends since meeting at an illegal gambling house outside Newberry, Louisiana, they indulge themselves…  See more details below


Two lifelong friends are about to discover the hard side of life in The Big Easy after a heinous crime is committed . . .


1950s New Orleans couldn't be sweeter for Ivory "Bones" Arcineaux and Hampton Bynote. Friends since meeting at an illegal gambling house outside Newberry, Louisiana, they indulge themselves with all the fine women, good food, and wild nights they can handle. All seems good in N'awlins-especially for Hampton, who plans to make a clean break from riotous living after falling for the woman of his dreams, classy Magnolia Holiday. But the love of a good woman may not be enough to pull Hampton from the brink of disaster when his pal Bones murders a white city councilman during a simple robbery gone wrong.

Now with the local police and FBI hot on their trails, Hampton and Bones must decide whether friendship is worth losing their freedom-and possibly their lives.

"McGlothin creates a sizzling slice of life in 1947 . . . He weaves convincing historical elements into a fast-moving caper."

-Publishers Weekly on Ms. Etta's Fast House

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McGlothin (Sinful Too) explores themes of race in 1955 New Orleans via the spirited capers of his two protagonists, Bones Arcineaux and Hampton Bynote. Hampton, from the nearby village of Newberry, is a young and defiant black man who befriends Bones, a young mulatto dandy. They partner as cat burglars hitting affluent French Quarter residences until one heist ends in the murder of a white city politician. Back in Newberry, Hampton falls in love with Magnolia Holiday, but they're separated after the New Orleans cops, unable to nab Hampton for the murder, arrest him for a lesser crime that gets him locked up for 14 months. Jumping ahead to 1971, Hampton and Magnolia are settled with a family when Bones shows up with plans for him and his old friend, but despite their criminal association, a more ominous issue arises from an unexpected quarter. Though the villains are little more than piggish caricatures, McGlothin's rugged prose captures the sultry locale, and the suspenseful edge is a nice complement to the story's social conscience. (June)
APOO Bookclub
"I found myself lost in the story, living the moment with the characters and feeling their emotions. I recommend this book to those who love post-civil war era stories and romance."
Victoria Christopher Murray
Victor McGlothin has written an amazing story of spiritual and emotional redemption. DOWN ON MY KNEES is a welcome addition to Christian fiction.
#1 Essence Bestselling author of Grown Folks Business
Laura L. Hutchison
The last few chapters had me furiously turning pages to find out what happens.
The Free Lance-Star
The Sunday Oklahoman on WHAT'S A WOMAN TO DO
"A fast-paced, soulful, dramatic story."
New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby on AUTUMN LEAVES
"An absolute page-turner...intriguing and thought-provoking"
Laura L. Hutchison - The Free Lance-Star
"The last few chapters had me furiously turning pages to find out what happens."
"A talented storyteller with a knack for telling a convincing story, McGlothin manages to weave an entertaining story that may indeed ring true to many readers... WHAT'S A WOMAN TO DO will introduce readers to yet another new and refreshing voice in the world of contemporary African-American fiction."
Booklist on WHAT'S A WOMAN TO DO
"The twists and surprises are both plausible and unbelievable, the novel both engrossing and entertaining."
Romantic Times BookClub on WHAT'S A WOMAN TO DO
"4 Stars... Victor McGlothin has written a superb, true-to-life book. With a masterfully created plot, it explores the turbulent lives of three courageous women. This book offers a gripping, emotional glimpse into the dark world of the unknown." on AUTUMN LEAVES
"The pacing of the story and the storyline itself ought to keep the reader interested until the last page is turned since there's plenty of drama and secrets to keep you wondering and guessing until the end. Victor McGlothin has told a story that is sure to satisfy fans of his first novel, AUTUMN LEAVES, as well as new readers."
Victoria Christopher Murray - #1 Essence Bestselling author of Grown Folks Business
"Victor McGlothin has written an amazing story of spiritual and emotional redemption. DOWN ON MY KNEES is a welcome addition to Christian fiction."

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Meet the Author

Essence bestselling author Victor McGlothin is a former bank vice-president who nearly forfeited an athletic scholarship due to poor reading skills. Ultimately, he overcame that obstacle and later completed a Masters degree in Human Relations & Business. Victor is also an on-line columnist of Victor Said?, a real Brotha to Sistah look at relationship.

Victor lives in Dallas with his wife and two sons.

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Secrets of Newberry 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1955 in Newberry in St. Bernard Parrish, Louisiana, mulatto Ivory "Bones" Arcineaux and black Hampton Bynote meet in the antebellum Twin Cedars Casino, an illegal gambling house. They team up as cat burglars in the nearby French Quarter. Back in St. Bernard their occupation allows them the best of women as they can afford to indulge. That changes at the Funky Butt Dance Halls when Bynote meets and falls in love with Magnolia Holiday. However, their latest robbery goes bad leaving New Orleans Councilman Huey Boytte dead; killed by Bones. NOPD tries to prove the black partner did the homicide, but settle on a lesser felon that leaves Bones free and Hampton doing fourteen months. In 1971, Hampton and Magnolia raise a family together as he has gone scared straight since being released from prison. He loves Magnolia and their two daughters. However, his quiet family world is threatened when his former cat burger partner arrives with a job for the two of the. With Bones also comes violent criminals and even nastier people who menace his loved ones. The setting makes for a fabulous historical thriller that uses crime to enable the reader to compare two eras (near the beginning and near the end of the active Civil Rights movement). The audience sees how various subcultures perceive relationships in 1955 and in 1971 as Victor McGlothin purposely uses stereotypical beliefs to enhance the deep story line. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I love the fact that the setting is in the 1950s and portrays how black people how to survive during the most racist times in our society. I could not put this book down - read it all day long.
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Rebecca Williams More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the book is very engaging. Victor paints vibrant images of Newberry, Hampton, Bones, Pearl Lee and Magnolia. The story begins to go pale after Hampton moves back to the plantation. By the story's end, its a random hodpodge if unbelievable drama.
Jennmarie68 More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a story. I couldn't put this one down, it was so intriguing. I really liked Hampton and wanted to see everything turn out ok for him, even though he kept getting himself into trouble. The story was really well written. Hampton is looking for something more than life on a plantation can offer a black man in the 1950s. Things seem to be going fairly well for him and then he meet Bones. Bones becomes Hampton's ticket to the life he wants while at the same time being the one thing that can take Hampton's dreams from him. The story moves pretty fast, and at times I felt a bit too fast. Some things just seemed to me that they needed to simmer a bit more before coming to conclusion. There was a lot that happened in the story though and I think that's part of why everything moved so fast. Had it been a slow story it either would have been too long to hold my attention or it would have been missing so many pieces. It was a pretty good story and I really enjoyed it. I really didn't want to put it down because I wanted to see how Hampton was going to get him (and his family) out of the binds that they've gotten into. While things don't always go the way Hampton planned he was pretty quick on his feet and was able to at least put band-aids on the situations that arise. I liked Hampton and really wanted to see good things for him. I also liked Magnolia (Hampton's love interest). But I think my favorite character was Pearl Lee, see just seemed to be so level headed. Although she does have some moments when her heart takes over and she throws that level-headedness out the door. A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. This is not a paid review and is a truthful and honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bravo! This authoir knows how to write a good story! It's a page-turner like a mug....
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ChicaTX More than 1 year ago
Victor you have done it again! I very much enjoyed reading this story. The story line was great! I felt like I was there right along with the characters the whole time. Being from Louisiana made it that much more interesting and real to me. Job well done with the traditions of the people and places. I really enjoyed myself while reading this book. As always you just continue to amaze me how you put words to paper. Keep up the good work and I wish you continued success and thank you.
aambcreviews More than 1 year ago
Author, Victor McGlothin, penned an excitingly tragic tale of historical fiction hidden in The Secrets of Newberry. I found myself lost in the intertwined lives of slave descendants in the southern Louisiana bayou. The story of Hampton Bynote begins with a plantation boy that has migrated to the big city of New Orleans. Hampton's life is stricken by the desire for fast money until he meets his future wife, Magnolia. Hampton's desire is fed by heavy hitters in New Orleans, the main one being Bones, a reincarnated, sexually abused male. Molestations of young girls and boys is the under current of the plot; such molestations are frequent, yet meagerly mentioned occurrences throughout the history of black America. In addition to this accurate historical account, McGlothin also captured the role of many in the black community such as musicians and witchdoctors. I was somewhat displeased with the abruptness in which Hampton's delinquent childhood was presented, but it did not severely interrupt the flow of the storyline. I recommend this book and hope to read more from this talented author. Natasha R Hines AAMBC Reviewer
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OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Victor McGlothin's "The Secrets of Newberry" follows the friendship of Hampton Bynote and Ivory `Bones' Arcineaux. Their friendship is developed in clandestine predicaments of petty thievery up to murder with a backdrop of a changing economic climax through the late fifties, sixties, and early seventies in Louisiana . Therefore, the secrets revealed in Newberry reflect the nation's attitudinal changes in the role of women, social tension, predatory religious practices, as the Bynote family struggles from impoverished sharecropping to the desire and need to benefit from the changes taking place around them. "The Secrets of Newberry" was an enjoyable read. I appreciate the time and depths of research that had to have gone into this novel to remain true to the time periods. The secrets ran deep, some were very harsh, but they were all true to the lives that characters like Bynote and Bones could/would have lived at that time. I also think the Reading Group Guide provided in the back of the book was very well put together. The questions require answers that go below the surface and would make for a lively discussion for any book club. Reviewed by: Gail 4.5 stars
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
An illegal gambling house brings Ivory (Bones) and Julian together. They become the best of friends and spend their time picking up women and living the high life. When Julian meets the woman he wants to spend his life with, he decides that it's time to make a change. But when Julian sees Bones kill someone, he is caught in a web, unsure of how to get out. Does he cover for his friend or does he turn his friend over to the police? Either way, he loses something and that something just might be his life. This was an amazing book! Victor is a natural-born writer who knows how to deliver. It keeps you hooked from cover to cover.