While the forces of the law try to unravel the mysterious deathâ€”or at least find a scapegoatâ€”the two youths see the trajectories of their lives entwine, unravel, and come together again. Justice, Alex learns, can be a strange and nebulous thing, easily enmeshed in webs of loyalty and betrayal. Justice, Jaleel finds, can be a powerfulâ€”but dangerousâ€”rock on which to build a life of honor and courage. As their stories play out over the years in cities far apart, best-selling author Michael French fills the world of Alex and Jaleel with a cast of vivid characters both supporting and threatening their efforts to build a life that â€œworksâ€ amid the expectancies of others and their own conflicting drives.
|Publisher:||Rock Point Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
A native of Los Angeles, he also is a successful businessman, an avid high-altitude mountain trekker, a world traveler to developing countries, an activist, and, with his wife, Patricia, a philanthropist raising money for programs aiding teachers in Santa Fe, N.M., public schools, which are some of the most challenged in the country.
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When things happen in microseconds, they are hard to sort out in your memory; the shutter speed is too quick. Charlie seemed to turn from my mother at the instant Dad entered the kitchen, yet one of those actions surely came first. Mom went back to polishing. Charlie strolled toward the fridge and opened it, as if to forage for food. He turned casually and looked up at my father, giving him a
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I read a lot of books and I can't remember the last time a book has left me with so many feelings. Michael French is a wonderful writer. I felt he really placed me into the scenes. I found myself cringing through some of the encounters Jaleel faced as a young black man. It hurt my heart. And while Alex comes from an extremely privileged family, I did like her very much. She maintained compassion and humility throughout the novel. These two characters connect in a super emotional way. Through drama and corruption, they both stay together and grow with each other. Alex faces just as much pain as Jaleel which I think shows despite where you come from, everyone faces similar trials. I appreciate that the author didn't end this deep story in a happily ever after kind of way. It feels real. It haunts you in the best way possible.