The story is written from the viewpoint of eight year old Blue Mann, who lives in the small all white Midwestern town of Walker in 1950’s America. When a black family arrives in Walker, Blue and his family struggle with their own and their communities’ prejudices, hatred and ignorance. As the story begins, Blue believes the residents of Walker are the most loving and caring individuals in the world, but as the residents of the community let their hatred and prejudice consume them, Blue struggles with why and how good people can turn into savage animals and beast just over the color of a person’s skin. The events Blue witnesses in one short week of his life impacts and changes his life forever.
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had been considering writing a book for 30 plus years. One day I sat down and wrote the book.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I drew on memories of people I knew when I was a young child.
Memories are the historical records of my life. Many of these memories are cherished, some regretted, and some bring sadness and tears to my eyes such as the death of my mother, my father and other loved ones. To be honest most of the memories of my daily dull existence are often filed away in the deepest, darkest corners of my mind, easily forgotten. While other dark secrets and disgraceful events, I try to forget, and file away, but they never remain forgotten. Instead they just keep haunting me and pop into my consciousness at the strangest moments.
One such memory that has constantly haunted me is the time when the new minister and his family came to town. As I recall It all transpired due to a chain of unforeseen circumstances and events in the summer of 1957. I was just eight years old. God it seems so strange how just one short week in August, so many years ago, remains so vivid in my memory. Back then, I lived a happy but naïve existence, in the small town of Walker, located on the round prairie in south central Illinois. It was hot that week. The mercury hovered around 100 degrees, it was the time of the year the locals called the Dog Days of August.
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