Brutal Exclusions

Brutal Exclusions

by Dann Hazel

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Overview

Based on actual events, BRUTAL EXCLUSIONS focuses on life in Charleston, SC, during a decade that changed history: The Sixties.

After a school bus is toppled by eight Charleston businessmen in protest against school desegregation, Alethea Jamison, the only African American youngster on a bus full of white children, withdraws from everyone, including her adoring family.

Within the plot, other Charlestonians encounter trials and challenges that were typical of this decade that gave birth to feminism, gay rights, free love, black power, and distrust of "the establishment."

For example:

Duncan, a closeted gay man, struggles with his crush on his best friend, Robert.

Elsa, a European American, must hide her relationship with Jason, an African American, from her friends and colleagues.

Robert must decide whether to support a close family member who participated in the bus incident.

And Lionel Jamison, Alethea's brother and a Marine, struggles with his feelings about U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Through all of the plots twists and turns, Charleston is portrayed as a city that is, all at once, celebrated, reviled, and even deified by its cast of memorable but often troubled characters.
The murders of ten worshipers by a racist at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, on June 17, 2015, renders this novel even more relevant today, as our society still struggles with issues pertaining to race, diversity and identity.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157820145
Publisher: The Original Press
Publication date: 12/23/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 282
File size: 216 KB

About the Author

Dann Hazel, Ph.D., is a Florida-based educator, life coach, media and marketing director, and author. His professional experience includes teaching high school students, directing college preparatory grants, counseling in a private psychiatric hospital, teaching psychology on the college level, and writing. He has earned three master's degrees (in education, clinical psychology, and media psychology), as well as a doctorate in psychology. Dann's doctoral dissertation is entitled "Relationships of Psychological Well-Being, Social Morals, and Personality among Religious and Non-Religious Individuals." A book based on his research findings will be released in 2016. His writing credits include a number of magazine articles about the Spoleto U.S.A. Festival in Charleston, SC, a young adult novel, and Witness: Gay and Lesbian Clergy Report from the Front. For about six years, he co-authored several Walt Disney World guidebooks with his spouse. His short stories, including "The Tick Wars," "Haitian Elegy," and "Riding to Jedburg," focus on characters facing unique obstacles to fulfillment, yet, because of their ability to cultivate confidence in their personal strengths, they emerge victorious from life's challenges. Dann currently resides with his spouse, Josh Fippen, and their Siberian Husky, Rocky, in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida.

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