While fiction about the 1950s Civil Rights era is far from rare, few capture the period and struggles from the perspective of a white child.
At nine, Orbie seems to live his life along a precipice. He is burdened with an overabundance of difficult choices which would be beyond the capacities of most boys his age--but Orbie is about to discover he's no ordinary boy. In the debut novel from artist and poet Freddie Owens, nothing is ever precisely what it seems: prejudice in not innate, the dead aren't really dead, and those in positions of power cannot be trusted.
Orbie finds himself deposited at his grandparent's home in Kentucky one summer, his stepfather, Victor having had a change of heart about including him on a family prospecting trip to Florida. Except "heart"doesn't seem, to Orbie, quite the right word to apply to his stepfather, whose tempestuous temper took him from the widowed family's salvation to its most dangerous element in one outburst flat.
Then Like The Blind Man: ORBIE'S STORY is an electrifying porthole to the South of the '50s, where, though inane prejudice may have dominated, kindness and justice also had a place. Orbie's sharecropping grandparents, by defying convention with unnerving grace, become founts of colloquial wisdom whose appeal is impossible to resist, and the Orbie they nurture--the best version of a boy who may otherwise have been lost--is someone the reader comes to love.
**Michelle Anne Schingler / ForeWord Reviews
ABNA Quarter Finalist
Received IR Discovery Award for Best in Literary Fiction
Finalist for Kindle Book Review's Literary Fiction Award.
Received Kirkus Review's STAR for exceptional merit.
Featured in Kirkus Review's Trade Magazine
Honorable Mention: Writer's Digest SP Book Awards
An Amazon Bestseller!