The Set Up

The Set Up

by Carl Edward Jackson
The Set Up

The Set Up

by Carl Edward Jackson


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Carl Edward Jackson, a Black gay man, grew up in the South where it was morally unacceptable to be gay. He attended church with his divorced mother several times per week when he was a teenager, but often felt ostracized, as the pastor of the church regularly rejected homosexuality, and insisted that gay people would be sent to hell for eternity. This belief made it hard for Carl to "come out" and to love himself. He had no one to talk to about his sexuality and often felt lonely and depressed. So consider Carl, and his inspired story, The Set Up. In his early twenties, Carl relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where his life was affected by his sexuality, HIV/AIDS, racial discrimination, sexual assault, incarceration, and mental illness. After having a vision in which he was imbued to write a book, and through life altering circumstances, Carl manages to tell a riveting story that is certain to magnetize and inspire the reader, as you live each moment with him. "Everyone has a testimony and I must tell the story," Carl expresses with conviction... "Are you ready for The Judgment?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781957546537
Publisher: Authors' Tranquility Press
Publication date: 02/18/2022
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Carl Edward Jackson was born on August 24, 1968, at Saint Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. After birth, he lived in the Granite Mountain housing project with his mother, father, and sister. He was a good child, but he was abused often by his father. Carl found his safe place in school. He attended Woodruff and Franklin Elementary Schools and was declared gifted and talented. In the sixth grade, he starred in a musical version of Alice in Wonderland as the White Rabbit. During his senior year, Carl was elected Student Council President. After high school, Carl attended the University of Arkansas for three years. He dropped out of college after his fraternity brothers found out he was Gay. Despite being a college dropout, Carl held professional and management level jobs at Fortune 500 companies; but Carl began to experience serious mental illness symptoms and could no longer work. He started writing books as a form of therapy. "Life has highs and lows. I am inspired to capture those moments and create stories as a form of art," says Carl.
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