Finally, a refreshing story from a fresh new writer that can be experienced and enjoyed by the entire family. Remember your grandma’s switch tree protruding out of the ground like a monument of discipline? Remember that black belt hanging on a doorknob with its distinguishing nickname? Have the old-school ways of raising children been abandoned? Are the methods of grandma even effective anymore?
Sheila and Ronald Dempkins are only one facet of the combination that secures their family's loving bond. Another essential aspect of the formula is Benny, their only son. Sheila and Ronald never realize that the reason their marriage survives is because of the love that they have not for each other, but for their son. Painfully they learn that the element, which strengthens a family’s bond can ultimately cause its destruction. The family, however, draws strength from the roots of its heritage, traditions, and colorful country family members. Makers of the ancestor’s treasure—peach cobbler.
Meet Uncle Sho Shack, a failed juke joint dancer who is always adorned in his homemade paper clip and rubber band suspenders. Enter good ole Aunt Flappy who, in the midst of normal conversations, spontaneously yells out bible verses for the entire world to hear. These and other vibrant characters jump from the pages and into your hearts. Discipline, comedy, and enticing drama are all intertwined in this unforgettable tale about the family, adversities, and the events that make us laugh while healing our souls.
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When asked to identify who he is, Brian has been know to bellow out, "I’m John & Delores’ eldest boy."
Hence the introduction to an unpredictable but warm character. Brian is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, which by the way is another of his coined introductory phrases. "In Little Rock, Arkansas I was born and bred, but Stone Mountain Georgia is where I lay my head."
Perhaps it was in his formal education where Brian grasped the easy free-flowing spirit. While attending Tennessee State University, he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Post college, he began work as an engineer for Thomson Consumer Electronics and then for Motorola, Inc.
Writing became a solution to boredom for Brian. During the summer months in Nashville, Brian worked at Kinko’s and during his off days he would come in and use the store’s computers to compose literature . His first creation was an essay entitled, A Black Eye: Views of the Black College Experience which received rave reviews from students on campus. After using his employee discount to mass produce the essay, he decided to write a short story. The short story became a long story and the long story ultimately transpired into his first novel, Crossing Bridges A Testimony Of Brotherhood
A gifted poetry reader and storyteller, Brian explores his creativity at night and assumes the role of manufacturing engineer by day. Those creative nights have transpired the works of a third novel entitled Grandaddy’s Dishes.
He and his lovely wife, Latise, reside in Stone Mountain, Georgia.Review:
“An entertaining portrayal of family life that's full of energy and passion. Truly soothing for the soul.” -- Franklin White, author of Cup Of Love
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Book Description Carter-Krall Publishers, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 967550505