A fascinating portrait of urban American life, from a new voice in American literature. When young Sam Webber's father suddenly disappears without a trace. Sam and his mother are forced to move to a lough neighbourhood, closer to where his mother works. Unfamiliar with his surroundings and intimidated by his new schoolmates. Sam is forced to deal with the legacy of depression that marked his father and is now threatening to envelop him. But then he meets Greely, an elderly black janitor at his junior high, and begins to confront the racism that surrounds the community he is living in. Gradually Sam starts to understand how friendship and happy moments can emerge even in the saddest times.
Jonathan Scott Fuqua is an established historian who, amongst many other subjects, has extensively researched the Civil Rights movement in the USA. He has written numerous plays, stories and articles and is also an established artist, with a published collection of illustrations, American Rowhouse Classic Design. Writer-in-residence of the Carver Institute, Fuqua teaches classes in fiction writing, literature and art. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and daughter.