Standing at the Scratch Line

Standing at the Scratch Line

by Guy Johnson
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Standing at the Scratch Line by Guy Johnson

Raised in the steamy bayous of New Orleans in the early 1900s, LeRoi "King" Tremain, caught up in his family's ongoing feud with the rival DuMont family, learns to fight. But when the teenage King mistakenly kills two white deputies during a botched raid on the DuMonts, the Tremains' fear of reprisal forces King to flee Louisiana.

King thus embarks on an adventure that first takes him to France, where he fights in World War I as a member of the segregated 369th Battalion—in the bigoted army he finds himself locked in combat with American soldiers as well as with Germans. When he returns to America, he battles the Mob in Jazz Age Harlem, the KKK in Louisiana, and crooked politicians trying to destroy a black township in Oklahoma.

King Tremain is driven by two principal forces: He wants to be treated with respect, and he wants to create a family dynasty much like the one he left behind in Louisiana. This is a stunning debut by novelist Guy Johnson that provides a true depiction of the lives of African-Americans in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375756672
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Series: Strivers Row Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 64,341
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

After completing college in Ghana, Guy Johnson managed a bar on Spain's Costa del Sol, ran a photo-safari service from London through Morocco and Algeria, and worked on oil rigs in Kuwait. Most recently he worked in the local government of Oakland, California, for more than twenty years. He lives in Oakland with his wife and son. He is the son of the author Maya Angelou.

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Standing at the Scratch Line 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent...riveting, a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i'm on book two of "Standing At The Scratch Line" and reading it too fast. Filled with life lessons and full of Heroes. Can hardly wait until Guy Johnson writes again.
Onji1908 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Very very addictive! Guy Johnson does an excellent job weaving a story through time and eras! So loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
King Tremain is a all true man. I read this books years ago and now I have purchased it for my Nook. It's one of those books you want to have in your permanent library. The story line and characters come together seamlessly. It's really the stuff that makes real good movie material. Would love to see it as a series on HBO but I don't think 2012 is ready for King Tremain. But I am.
Guest More than 1 year ago
could not put this book down. it has become the best book i have ever read...hands down. king tremain was a true man among men. if you don't think this is the best book you've ever read... ya'll better say joe, cause you sho don't know!
Shamize More than 1 year ago
One of the best books written 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it but I found the ebook edition buggy. The page load was not smooth on mny occasions and the font was not always clear. I frequently restarted my Nook Color while reading. Gripping storytelling by Guy Johnson. I hope the second novel is less buggy than the first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read!! I wonder why he doesnt have many book publications....I would read all of them!
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Ladypearl More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful series. I fell in love with King and his grandson. I could not put this book down and when I did Immediately started on Echos of a distant summer. These books have spoiled me and I always look for another by Guy Johnson
EHJ More than 1 year ago
The writing is so informative and interesting that it is difficult to put the book down. The author has done considerable research about the time period in history that is often misintrepreted and misleading. I especially liked the diary style writing. I am reading this book because my book club suggested it; we decided to read it and discuss it in two sections (because of the volumne). The first discussion was very animated and interesting by every book club member. I am proud of the characters in the book because they embody the spirit of people that are strong, intelligent, insightful, and resilient. Our club has scheduled the sequel of this book.
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KinGaLfR3Do More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK I EVER HAVE READ.... FIRST READ IT IN HIGH SCHOOL, FELL IN LOVE WITH IT AND BOUGHT BOTH SERIES FOR MYSELF TO KEEP FOR LIFE!!!!!!.... ABOUT TO BE DONE WITH COLLEGE AND I FIND MYSELF SOMETIME READING THIS BOOK OVER AND OVER AGAIN.... ITS ALWAYS LIKE THE FIRST TIME
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Dmastor More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite book of all time! This book is everything that makes reading great.
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XpectMor More than 1 year ago
Our book club gave this book 9's and 10's. It was exciting from beginning to end. An adventure with a bit of history. Well worth the read.
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