Wood Mercer is a thirty-nine year-old single parent with a lot of pride…and a lot of emotional baggage. Incidents such as: being passed over for promotions, harassed by police officers, and being called the “N” word while living in his predominantly white North Dallas suburb, have taken their toll and left him with a deep-seated distrust of all white people.
Working two jobs for more than a decade has enabled Wood to pay for his son, Ryan’s, college education. But, things change when Ryan goes away to college and starts to develop his own opinions about race relations – many of those opinions are opposite of Wood’s. Their once strong bond gets weaker when Ryan announces to Wood that he’s a staunch Republican and he’s dating a white girl.
In a racially charged climate where the views of “Generation X” blacks often differ from the views of suburban raised “Millennial” blacks, finding common ground can often be difficult. But when both father and son have dark secrets that are driving their stances, the chances for reconciliation can be fleeting…and sometimes impossible.
Brian W. Smith is the bestselling author of sixteen novels to include: If These Trees Could Talk, Quagmire, and the Sleepy Carter Mystery Series. His novels have appeared on several bestsellers list to include: Dallas Morning News, Amazon, Black Expressions, and others. Brian has owned a publishing company and is currently signed to an imprint of Simon and Schuster. He is also the host of the popular literary internet radio show, The Scribe Spot.
Brian holds multiple college degrees to include an MBA. When he is not writing novels and touring he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at Collin College and Dallas Community College, both schools are in the Dallas, TX, area. Brian is a native of New Orleans, La., and currently lives in McKinney, TX.