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God Within The Shadow

Green, Shirley Wiley

ISBN 10: 0976866803 / ISBN 13: 9780976866800
Published by Full Court Press, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 2005
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252pp. Pictorial Soft Cover with title on spine and front cover. Author's First Novel. Bookseller Inventory # 009096

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Title: God Within The Shadow

Publisher: Full Court Press, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine as New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Soft Cloth

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God Within the Shadow tells the story of a fictional Joshua Bates who deplores the fact that "They won't let a Black man be anything in this country." His lament embodies the sentiment expressed in the writing of James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Kenneth Clark, and others that, early in life, Black children, especially boys, conclude that the American Dream applies to others, but not them. The composite Joshua's story is also the composite story of their single Black mothers, who are limited by their own precarious position on the opportunity scale and therefore cannot push their sons through the same crack in the wall that they managed to penetrate. Subtleties in the novel include the life-lasting effects of northern American discrimination (covert) contrasted to southern, which is extremely overt; the cultural contribution of the black church; and the family crises that are exacerbated by single motherhood. The author provides insight into characters whose level of upward mobility demonstrates that the status problem is not confined to the poverty stricken., Not as subtle is the evidence of faith in the novel, hence its title. While the mothers are not very successful in making churchgoers of their sons, they draw strength from the belief that ultimately everything will be all right. Through life's difficulties, the composite Isabelle keeps going, reminded of the "weary years" of previous generations, who never lost faith.

About the Author:

Shirley Wiley Green was born and grew up in Norwood, Rhode Island. She attempted to work her way through Brown University, but when her finances ended at the end of her third year, she thought it her cal ling to manage the black weekly, the Providence Chronicle, which her father had founded. With that journalism experience, she headed for New York City, but the daily papers were not beckoning. She became youth leader of a church that had taken over the former Lafayette Theater in Harlem. Ultimately she returned to college, earning a Bachelor's from Syracuse University and doing graduate work at Hunter College and Yeshiva University. While at Syracuse she co-authored, with Professor Robert Root, a study guide on race relations that was published by Friendship Press of the National Council of Churches. It was during her high school English teaching career for 25 years that Ms. Green observed generations of Black boys infer from subliminal messages that the American Dream was not available to them. By the time they reached tenth grade, formerly serious students began "just funnin'."

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