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"Suddenly, she saw visions of her son being gunned down in a barrage of police fire. She pictured it... in slow motion... her boy being shot down in cold blood, stumbling, lost and wondering what he'd done... wondering why this was happening to him... and falling to the ground, his eyes questioning God, his mother and all of Harlem before those eyes closed that one final time."
This is the tale of two dreamers and their dreams descent into the most horrible of nightmares.
Welcome to Coolsville... Gig and Dakota Swinton's luxurious townhouse in Harlem. It took them so many years of struggle and sacrifice to make it to this place located on prestigious Striver's Row. Beautiful on the outside, yes, but full of twisted secrets within, Coolsville is a residence where blessings flow and some within this family are left to implode from fighting silent demons others refuse to see.
True denial flows so much deeper than any ancient river in Egypt.
If we are only as sick as our secrets, then something very deadly is brewing in the walls, floors and the hallways of the Swinton family... and that something lies behind the eyes and just beneath the surface of the skin.
In this epic tale of love, lust and lost, disappointment and decadence, achievement and adultery where the diagnosis of a particular disease is the last thing the most prideful within the Swinton clan chooses to accept, and the consequences of that denial culminates in a event so horrible no one would dare to wish it upon their worst enemy, let alone any member of their family.
Like Litter in the Wind examines just what terrible things can happen when two ambitious parents trade in love and caring for success and wealth as they leave behind their children to rot and then to drift away from the terraces of their lives, like so much litter in the wind.
"The manner in which he translates 1984 New York into a visual and horrendous image is a masterstroke... Ross has arrived at a new level and he just gets better." ~ Grady Harp, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer
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This is my fourth novel. It took five long years from the first type-written word until the last period on the final sentence of the last chapter. It is my longest, most personal, and I dare say, my best work to date. Some may agree and other readers may disagree, and that's all fine by me.
Just keep in mind that the best doesn't always mean the favorite.
This novel was not very easy to write, and almost impossible to find the support needed to continue it. But a writer writes, always... and so I kept at it. I had to keep at it. The voices of these characters were just too strong, too strident and far too LOUD to ignore. Their stories needed telling. I was little more than their secretary, taking rapid-fire dictation.
Should you read this book, you will, without any doubt, recognize some characters as people you know... maybe even intimately. My characters tend to be that way... as they often step off the pages and into your space. They remind you of how beautifully flawed we all are as a species. Having lived with them so long, they have become more than just characters... but actual factual people to me. They have morphed into either friends or enemies, companions or aces. They are like me and like you, and much like any human being. They don't always ask that you like them... or even respect them... they just demand to be understood.
If I've made you see who they are... and more importantly... WHY they are that way... then I've succeeded.
Whether this novel sells a million units, a thousand, a couple of hundred, or just a single copy, I'll consider it a very sweet success... because I've already beaten the odds and boldly FINISHED it.
You see, I became very ill while in the process of penning this book. There was a time, just two short years ago, when I did not think I would live to ever complete it, let alone ever see it published. But I did live, and I DID complete it. I am here. The novel I wanted to pen is here... and I am glad.
This is my Miracle.
I am now sharing my small Miracle with you.
Hoping you'll enjoy the journey... I send you Best Wishes, along with this single suggestion: always... snatch JOY!
Moving from the turbulent 1960s, through the awakening of the Black Pride Movement and strident cry for Women's Liberation, from adultery to homophobia, the drug culture to 1980s excess and the specter of mental illness, Like Litter in the Wind charts the almost perfect storm to an unforeseeable and catastrophic event, and then details the tragic consequences of just what can happen when we close our eyes to that which lives and breathes, eats, sleeps and bleeds right before us.
This is also a heartbreaking story about dreams...
"Essentially, we dream because there are songs inside our souls, though we sometimes forget their melody. We dream because our hearts are whispering singers, inspiring us to chorus. We dream because without their light and color, life would be a dreary and prosaic mistake. Each day of our existence on Earth, whether carefully or carelessly, we compose the curious Opus of Our Selves. We draw and plan and etch our dreams, we compose the lyrics upon this parchment of the soul. And yet, unexpectedly, a strong breeze can come and blow havoc upon the thin tethers of our dreams. Dreams, they have an uncanny way of escaping our grasp and slipping through our fingers. At any moment, Life can present a sudden hurricane to rain and storm upon our songs and send our music sheets scattering aimlessly... and sadly, their beauteous potential can drift away, like so much litter in the wind."
This is a history lesson, an epic poem and a cautionary tale. This is a jazz suite, a portrait in sepia, and a blueprint for tragedy.
This is Like Litter in the Wind... and you have never read another novel quite like this one.
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Book Description Outskirts Press, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M147871784X
Book Description Outskirts Press, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11147871784X